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Chelsea drift out to $7 to defend title after opening day loss

Mon, Aug 14, 2:25pm by Staff Writer

Chelsea’s Premier League season got off to a horrible start on Saturday night Australian Time, when they lost 2-3 at home to Burnley.

The Blues were $4.20 to defend their crown before kick-off, but after skipper Gary Cahill was shown red just 14 minutes in, their job got much harder. Burnley forward Sam Vokes made a dream start to his campaign, scoring two first half goals.

His teammate Stephen Ward also scored in the opening 45 minutes, which left the Stamford Bridge crowd stunned at half-time, and while Alvaro Morata and David Luiz gave the hosts a chance in the second half, they couldn’t salvage a result, which sees the Champions drift out to $7 to repeat last season’s heroics.

Elsewhere, both Manchester clubs got their campaigns off to winning starts. United steamrolled West Ham on Monday morning AEST, with Romelu Lakaku making the perfect start to his career as a Red Devil, scoring twice in the 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

The red half of Manchester is into $3.60 to win the title, while the blue half remain top pick, at $2.37.

City travelled to Brighton, with Sergio Aguero opening the scoring in the 70th minute, which was followed by an own goal from Lewis Dunk five minutes later in what was a tough day between the posts for Australia’s goalkeeper Matt Ryan.

Ryan’s compatriot Aaron Mooy played a pivotal role in Huddersfield’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Sydneysider was involved in both of the opening two goals, on his Premier League debut.

Tottenham bagged all three points from their trip to Newcastle, while their cross-town rivals Arsenal got past Leicester in a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates.

Wayne Rooney celebrated his return to Everton by scoring the only goal in his club’s win over Stoke City, while the only match that ended scoreless came on the south coast, when Southampton were frustrated by Swansea City.

Sportsbet Markets

EPL Winner

Man City $2.37

Man Utd $3.60

Chelsea $7

Tottenham $8

Arsenal $9.50

Liverpool $12

Everton $76

Leicester $176

Southampton $226

West Ham $226

Newcastle $301

Bournemouth $501

Swansea $501

Stoke $501

Watford $501

Huddersfield $501

Brighton $501

West Brom $501

Crystal Palace $501

Burnley $501

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