Keep an eye on De Bruyne
Our Andy Schooler previews Wednesday's sole Premier League game between Chelsea and Aston Villa.
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Chelsea flew out of the blocks in Sunday's Premier League opener against Hull but it was interesting to note that they didn't go in for the kill in the second half.
That was very Jose Mourinho, whose former Chelsea side were known for 'doing enough' and it was a tactic he carried elsewhere in Europe before returning to the Bridge.
What was also worth noting was Mourinho's post-match comment that his side's start was "too fast, too intense, too creative and too dynamic", suggesting that to attack to the extent they did so early hadn't been in the plan.
One suspects that will have been conveyed to the players ahead of this game - particularly given Villa showed at the weekend their ability to hit good sides on the break with the pace of Gabby Agbonlahor and the finishing prowess of Christian Benteke helping them to a 3-1 win at Arsenal.
Chelsea may have won this fixture 8-0 last season - Nathan Baker and Matt Lowton seem likely to be in the Villa back four again as they look to exorcise those demons - but I'm certainly loathe to get involved in backing the hosts to win by a big score, given the Mourinho 'way'. It's just 5/6 to win by two clear goals and 5/4 that they score three or more.
Remember also that Chelsea have big games against Manchester United on Monday and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup next Friday. The latter is the reason this match is taking place on this particular date.
If you do fancy them to respond to Manchester City's demolition of Newcastle and put down another marker in the title race, a better way of going about things may be to back Kevin de Bruyne in the anytime assist market.
Boylesports have gone up with 3/1 about a player who really caught the eye against Hull.
He set up the first goal for Oscar and was a constant threat around the box.
The Belgian also showed he is not averse to dropping deep and knocking a longer pass if the situation suits.
No fewer than eight of his team-mates are offered at shorter prices which seems a little out of line - or perhaps stingy.
It's a bet worth mentioning but not one I'll be getting involved in given I'm not convinced Chelsea will be going goal crazy again. Take note of De Bruyne though for future games against the league's strugglers.
For Villa, the obvious bet would be to back Christian Benteke after a run of 16 goals in his 18 Premier League games in 2013. No-one has scored more in the calendar year to date.
However, it is notable that he has drawn blanks against both Manchester Untied and Manchester City during that run.
How Chelsea's defence deals with the big Belgian could go some way to showing whether they are the real deal or not. John Terry has looked a shadow of the player he once was at times in the past couple of seasons, although injuries have not helped.
I'll be keeping a close eye on that battle but for now it puts me off going down the Chelsea 'win to nil' route which is sure to be popular this season.
It's a best price of 13/10 at the time of writing but to me this looks a game to learn from rather than trying to nab a quick profit from something you're unsure might happen.
Chelsea's all-time leading scorer Frank Lampard has scored 13 times against Aston Villa in the Premier League; more than against any other side.
Jose Mourinho has won none of his last four Premier League matches against Aston Villa (D3 L1).
Fernando Torres has scored four goals in his last for Barclays Premier League starts against Aston Villa.