It has been an exciting summer so far for Chelsea, as the surprise European champions have been busy adding some quality signings to an already star-studded line-up in preparation for the new season.
Tonight’s game against Seattle Sounders represents Roberto Di Matteo’s first match in charge as full-time boss, and should see some eagerly-anticipated debuts for the Blues.
Whilst those with Olympic and Euro 2012 commitments this summer are absent, Chelsea’s squad still includes the likes of Frank Lampard, Ramires, and Petr Cech, not to mention high profile new boys Marko Marin and Eden Hazard.
This spells danger for the Sounders, who are clear underdogs at 9/2 (5.50) to win with Paddy Power, despite their strong recent domestic form.
Although the MLS side should have a superior level of match fitness in their favour, Chelsea are still heavy 1/2 (1.50) favourites to hit the ground running and impress the local crowd with a win.
No team has drawn more games in the MLS this season than Seattle, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on Adrian Hanauer’s men cancelling out their Premier League opponents this evening.
As Manchester City have demonstrated in their two opening pre-season ties, friendly fixtures against teams with more match practice cannot be taken for granted, but the sheer quality at Di Matteo’s disposal should be enough to ensure victory.
With talented new signings eager to make a good first impression, expect Roman Abramovich’s investment to pay instant dividends by securing a comfortable victory this evening.
Backing Chelsea to win at half-time and full-time must be the smartest way to go, particularly with generous 6/5 (2.20) odds on offer.
However, the Sounders have boasted an admirable defensive record in the league this year, meaning a crowd-pleasing goal fest is probably not on the cards.
Instead, put your money on Chelsea repeating the 2-0 win they earned on the last trip to Seattle three summers ago, at odds of 11/2 (6.50).
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.
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