I TIPPED Chelsea to win the Premier League – and saw nothing on the opening weekend to put me off.
My only concern about backing the Blues for the title was a price of 2-1 but that's well gone now after punters were impressed by their Turf Moor display.
Sure, the Blues had an easy game on paper at promoted Burnley but the way Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from the loss of Scott Arfield’s opener to blow away the Clarets was worrying to their rivals – and then the visitors simply took their foor off the gas and shut up shop as the Portuguese boss loves doing.
New boy Diego Costa got the goal that will settle him down and World Cup winner Andre Schurrle was also on target in the 3-1 romp. The fixture list has been kind to the Blues and next up today it’s a home win against Championship winners Leicester who started with a decent 2-2 draw at home to Everton.
A trip to Stamford Bridge is much tougher and remember Mourinho has only lost one home league game in two spells at Chelsea.
Take the Blues on accumulators to win at a best 2-9 at Paddy Power or go riskier with Chelsea -1 at 4-6 with Skybet.
Elsewhere I like the look of Swansea at home to Burnley. Fears were expressed for the Swans after losing several key players but Garry Monk’s men looked good in beating Man Utd.
The result will have given them great confidence and should beat Burnley although 4-6 (general) is a tad short. Gylfi Sigurdsson has returned after a failed spell at Spurs and celebrated with the winner last week. He is 3-1 at Betfred to repeat the feat and score at any time.
Burnley will probably be quite open and attacking and it should lead to plenty of goals and opportunites on the overs markets.
Southampton were another side tipped for trouble after flogging a host of stars but again Ronald Koeman’s new-look side were decent as they crashed 2-1 at Liverpool.
The early TV game is Aston Villa v Newcastle and both teams performed well last weekend. Villa picked up a fine win at Stoke while new-look Newcastle were unlucky not to hold Man City.
Villa won just six times at home last season but look more solid draw would surprise no one at a best 23-10 with William Hill.
Today's other 3pm kick-off is a tricky win between Crystal Palace and West Ham. It's been a traumatic week for Palace who lost sporting director Ian Moody following on from boss Tony Pulis's departure. Moody went and Malky Mackay was denied the manager's job after it was revealed the pair had shared unsavoury texts while at Cardiff.
How Palace react at home to West Ham is anyone's guess and I'm leaving it alone.
The later TV game could be a cracker between Everton and Arsenal. The Toffees won the fixture last season and will fancy their chances of a repeat and much will depend on whether the Gunners have an eye on their Champions League return with Besiktas.
Both to score again could be the call and I'm having a little dabble on Romelu Lukaku to score first at 7-1 with McBookie.
I've mentioned a few scorers so let's go for a first-scorers Yankee (or anytime if prefer) for a small unit stake. The fourfold pays massively and a double would bring up a good profit.
In the Football League sides I like include Middlesbrough at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Watford at home to Rotherham, Preston at home to Oldham, Sheffield Utd at home to Crawley and Wimbledon at home to Hartlepool.
Aways are tougher to find but I've pinpointed Shrewsbury at Northampton and Portsmouth at Oxford as the best bets.
1st scorer Yankee
Yankee (11 bets)
Fourfold pays 3779-1