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Willie Duncan is expecting Jose Mourinho's men to enjoy an emphatic win against Steve Bruce's newly promoted side when they kick-off their Premier League campaign on Sunday

Chelsea begin their challenge for the English Premier League title on Sunday afternoon when the Blues play host to newly promoted Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s men are amongst the favourites to win the Premier League title this season and they are chalked up as red-hot favourites at just 1/5 (1.20) with William Hill to open the campaign with a home victory over Hull City.

Survival is the main objective for Steve Bruce’s men this season; they begin the season with one of the toughest fixtures that they will face this term and the enormity of the task facing the Tigers this weekend is reflected in their price.

The Premier League new boys are chalked up at a chunky 14/1 (15.0) with William Hill to open the season with a shock victory at Stamford Bridge while the same firm offer 5/1 (6.0) that the Tigers claim a point on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side will look to lay down a marker for the campaign by claiming an emphatic victory over Steve Bruce’s men this weekend and the 8/5 (2.60) quote for Chelsea (-2) in William Hill’s handicap market certainly offers considerable appeal.

Chelsea have a wealth of attacking talent to choose from with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku all in contention to lead the line on the opening day of the season.

Torres can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to bag the opening goal of the game on Sunday while Ba is chalked up at 100/30 (4.33) with the same firm to break the deadlock. Romelu Lukaku, who scored 17 Premier League goals on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, is available at an appealing 7/2 (4.50) to score first against the Tigers, particularly as he had been heavily involved in pre-season matches.

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata scored an impressive 20 goals for the Blues last season and looks to be outstanding value at 5/1 (6.0) with William Hill to open the scoring on Sunday.

Last season’s top scorer in the Premier League for the Blues was Frank Lampard and the veteran midfielder is the subject of a “headline offer” from William Hill ahead of this weekend’s clash.

William Hill are offering a juicy 6/4 (2.50) quote to punters that Lampard scores at any time in a Chelsea win while the same firm go 40/1 (41.0) that Hull striker Sone Aluko nets at any time in a win for the Tigers.

Chelsea should stroll to victory over Steve Bruce's on Sunday afternoon and the generous 8/5 (2.60) quote from William Hill for Chelsea (-2) in the handicap market should be snapped up here while the 5/1 (6.0) quote from the same firm for Juan Mata to score first is the value play here.

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Chelsea (-2) to beat Hull City at 8/5 (2.60) 3pts with William Hill Juan Mata to score first at 5/1 (6.0) 1pt with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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