New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to get off to winning start in Monday’s friendly clash against Perth Glory.
The 59-year-old arrives at Stamford Bridge with a strong reputation after leading Napoli to their best ever Serie A points haul in two consecutive seasons, albeit failing to collect any silverware during his time in Naples.
With plenty of work to do following a disappointing Premier League campaign under Antonio Conte, Sarri is priced at 1/6 (1.17) with dabblebet to hit the ground running with a debut victory at the Optus Stadium.
Also making his debut in the opposite dugout, Tony Popovic is available at 10/1 (11.00) to make a memorable first impression by overseeing a shock win against high profile opponents, or 9/2 (5.50) to secure a draw.
While the Blues’ 25-man travelling squad is without their World Cup stars, new signing Jorginho is set to make his debut in Western Australia.
Home fans should have the chance to get a first view of new arrivals Matt Spiranovic, Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Tomislav Mrcela, Tando Velaphi, Fabio Ferreira and Brendon Santalab, although Juande may not feature.
While it may seem harsh to sack a manager who won both the Premier League title and FA Cup in two seasons in England, Conte was made to pay for his uninspiring style as much as missing out on Champions League qualification.
The former Juventus boss saw his side score 44 goals fewer than champions Manchester City last campaign, and drew criticism for some negative performances in big games.
Considering Sarri’s reputation for attacking football, a squad featuring the talents of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Alvaro Morata are well worth backing at 10/11 (1.91) to produce at least four goals.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.