Romelu Lukaku just 1/7 to start Chelsea’s first game of the season

We’re offering odds of just 1/7 on Romelu Lukaku starting Chelsea’s opening game of the season, despite the forward still being an Everton player.

That makes him by far the most likely striker to be leading the line for the Blues.

Current Stamford Bridge hotshot Diego Costa is 7/4 to feature from the offset for the Premier League champions against Burnley in August.

Chelsea have also been linked with a shock move for Robert Lewandowski, and the bookies make it just a 2/1 shot for the Bayern Munich ace to appear in Antonio Conte’s first teamsheet of the season.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is the least likely of this quartet at 7/2, amid continued reports that he is set to join Manchester United instead.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re so confident that Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge this summer that we’re already pricing up the likelihood of him featuring in Chelsea’s opening game.

“And at 1/7, the Belgian looks nailed on to force wantaway striker Diego Costa out of the starting line-up.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

To start up-front for Chelsea on opening day of next season

Romelu Lukaku – 1/7

Diego Costa – 7/4

Robert Lewandowski – 2/1

Alvaro Morata – 7/2

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing