Is the Stadium of Light the place where Chelsea’s unbeaten record comes to a shuddering halt?
Be under no illusions: the Black Cats’ odds of 9.00 to win at home is no aberration. Chelsea are unbeaten in last 11 trips to Sunderland, they have won 18 of the last 21 meetings and are brimming with confidence after dispatching Schalke 5-0 away from home in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Furthermore, they can virtually wrap up the Premier League by the end of January, as they do not play any of their main ‘rivals’ – Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool – until facing last year’s champions on January 31.
Chelsea are considered 1.39 to win at Sunderland in a fixture that has produced three goals or more in 12 of the last 14 occasions. The draw, which has occurred on two occasions in the last 32 meetings, is offered at 4.70.
Sunderland are fast becoming the draw specialists of the Premier League, with seven of their 12 games ending in stalemate. But if Sunderland fans thought the worst was over after their 8-0 defeat at Southampton a month ago, they may soon think again. They host champions Manchester City on Wednesday, travel to Liverpool next weekend, then host a West Ham side who are high on confidence. The Tyne-Wear derby follows that – and Newcastle are on a five-game winning spree.
Chelsea, who are considered 2.0 chances to be leading at half-time and full-time, have not beaten Sunderland in their last two meetings, losing 2-1 at home in April and drawing 1-1 in the League Cup last December. They did, however, win this corresponding fixture last term 4-3.
Gus Poyet’s side have only once managed to net three goals this term (a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace) and they have managed just 12 goals in 12 games thus far.
We look for another relatively comfortable win for the Blues, although it may not be as emphatic as their midweek annihilation of Schalke.
All odds quoted from hettonlyonscc.myclubbetting.co.uk.
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