Chelsea were supposed to be challenging for the Premier League title this season although there is a gap of seventeen points between themselves and Manchester City, something which suggests that the manager is already on borrowed time.
Next week’s Champions League tie against Napoli is a huge game for Chelsea and we might see several first team players rested for the visit of Birmingham, with a best price 1/3 (Coral free bets) available about the home team.
Some might consider these odds to be pretty generous considering City are now plying their trade in the Championship, although the pressure will be off Chris Hughton’s team when they arrive at the Bridge and it has been several games since they last lost a game.
Birmingham are unbeaten in nine matches and their last three encounters have been low-scoring affairs – all at St Andrews. However, previously to this came a 4-1 trouncing of Leeds at Elland Road and a 4-0 thrashing of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. You can get 11/1 (Stan James £150 free bets) that they claim the scalp of Chelsea.
It is clear that the Midlands side know how to keep things tight and perhaps we might see a nervy performance from Villas-Boas’ side, with a 1-0 win on offer at 6/1 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) and a 2-0 triumph can be backed at a similar price.
Fernando Torres might appreciate the chance to get his confidence up against lower-league opposition and the striker is a 9/2 chance (Bet Victor) to score the first goal of the game, although Daniel Sturridge has been far more prolific this term and Didier Drogba might even get the chance to play following his African Cup of Nations stint.