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Burnley - Chelsea Betting Preview: Costa to kick off his Premier League career in style

Burnley - Chelsea Betting Preview: Costa to kick off his Premier League career in style

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The Premier League favourites start their campaign in Lancashire facing the Clarets, with our tipster backing one of Jose Mourinho’s summer recruits to do the damage

Burnley start life back in the top flight with a tough opening home fixture against bookmakers' favourites Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has been extremely busy in the transfer window, bolstering all areas of his squad. Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba have all arrived at Stamford Bridge - with the likes of David Luiz, Ashley Cole, Romelu Lukaku and Frank Lampard all departing.

bet365 price Chelsea at a short 2/5 (1.40) to kick off their season with a win. The Blues have won 11 of their last 12 opening-day fixtures, with Stoke City the only side to avoid defeat, holding them to a 0-0 draw in the 2011-12 season.

Burnley were the surprise package of the Championship last season as they took the runners-up spot, which saw them gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.

2009-10 was the last time that the Clarets were in the top flight, with a 2-0 defeat to Stoke their result on the opening day. However, their first home fixture saw them beat the then-champions Manchester United 1-0 but that season ultimately ended in failure, with Burnley finishing in 18th position and being relegated.

bet365 price Sean Dyche's side at 8/1 (9.00) to cause a shock and get three points, with the same firm pricing the draw at 4/1 (5.00).

With Chelsea so strong in their opening league fixtures, it is tough to see how Burnley could prevent them from winning. The Blues have looked solid in pre-season, winning six of their eight matches, including victories over Vitesse, Real Sociedad and Olimpija. With Mourinho's men too short to touch, it is worth looking elsewhere for value.

Summer signing Costa has arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big transfer price tag, with the Blues spending £35 million on their new front man. Mourinho's side desperately missed a clinical striker last term and they seem to have got their man in Costa.

The Spain international netted 27 goals in La Liga last season for Atletico Madrid and kicked off his Chelsea career in the same form, scoring three pre-season goals in five friendlies.

With the likes of Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Willian behind him, it is likely that he will be provided with a number of opportunities to score.

The price of 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 that he scores at any time seems like a fantastic price. Burnley could struggle to contain the attacking force of Chelsea and expect Costa to lead from the front at Turf Moor.

Diego Costa to score anytime at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with bet365

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