The newly-promoted ‘Ginger’ Mourinho Sean Dyche goes toe-to-toe with the greying Jose Mourinho at Turf Moor in Monday night’s live action (8pm) as the best defence in the Championship last season takes on this year’s Premier League favourites.
It’s all first world problems for the Special One as he tries to shoe-horn as many of his £190m squad into the starting 11 as fitness allows, while Dyche’s £5m underdogs try to get through their seasonal opener – and the rest of the season – for longer than their 10 months in the big time in 2009/10.
The Blues are odds on favs at 2/5 with the home side at 7/1 in the win-draw-win market. But the Paddy Power Blog has gone through the stats to try and snaffle some value punts.
Chelsea kept 18 clean sheets last season but even that mightn’t be enough to keep Peter Cech in a job as Thibaut Courtois is pushing hard for a starting spot.
The Belgian international had a phenomenal loan spell at Atletico Madrid (won La Liga, beaten Champions League finalists) and is set to muscle in between the sticks as the Blues have arguably two of the best club keepers in the world in the same dressing room.
Chelsea have won 13 of their opening 15 PL fixture since 1998 – drawing the other two – and Mourinho has won all his opening five PL games as Chelsea boss.
Diego Costa (below) could be in for a culture shock if given the lead role tonight after his £30m move from the less fashionable Madrid side.
But with 27 league-goals for Atletico and eight in the Champions League – the Brazilian-born Spaniard knows where the onion bag is.
However, someone whose already had a taste of life at Town Moor is £30m Barca import Cesc Fabregas. He scored twice for Arsenal (H3-1, A1-1) against the Clarets the last time they tasted the champagne days of the top tier in the 2009/10 season.
Fabregas is 8/1 to score the first goal of the game or 13/5 to score at anytime in a game where Paddy Power is allowing you to pick your own money back special from these four options.
Chelsea completed a 5-1 aggregate double over the Lancashire side the lat time they met in the top tier. (3-0 at Stamford Bridge, 2-1 away).
If you fancy history to repeat itself another 2-1 scoreline is 15/2. John Terry grabbed an 82nd-minute winner back then and it’s 10/1 in the Scorecast betting that Chelsea win and the centre-half hits the net at anytime.
A 3-0 win for the visitors is 17/2.