Chelsea came out of the traps flying on Sunday, with Roberto Di Matteo’s team two goals to the good within ten minutes as Eden Hazard ran the show for large parts of the match at the DW Stadium.
The Blues are clearly intent on challenging for the Premier League title this term and they should secure a further three points against Reading on Wednesday night, with Chelsea a best price 1/4 (Paddy Power free bets) to continue their 100% unbeaten start to the season.
The west London club recruited heavily in the summer and that included the purchase of Hazard who was at the centre of lots of Chelsea attacking movement against Wigan including both goals, with the Belgian available at 7/1 (Coral) to score the first goal of this game.
However, Hazard might end up being more of an assister of goals, with Fernando Torres confident of breaking his duck in this Premier League contest and odds of 10/3 are available about the Spaniard getting off the mark for the season.
Reading played pretty well when drawing 1-1 against Stoke on Saturday and Brian McDermott’s team won’t be lying down at Stamford Bridge, with the manager likely to play an extra man in midfield with Pavel Pogrebnyak as the lone striker.
The Royals will have been encouraged by the way that Southampton served things up to Manchester City on Sunday and odds of 14/1 (BetVictor) are available about a shock away victory, while 5/1 is on offer that this one ends all square.
However, Chelsea clearly have a lot more strength than their opponents and an early goal could see them ease to a first home win of the season, with odds of 5/6 looking tempting with Stan James that Di Matteo’s side lead at half-time and full-time.
Correct score backers might be tempted by the 2-0 and 3-0 bets which are 6/1 and 15/2 respectively, with 4-0 as big as 14/1 as Reading look to avoid a cricket score.