The Blues are simply the 4th best team in England at the moment, having failed to establish the level of consistency required to challenge for the top domestic prize and their results against the other top teams have been mainly poor.
However, the west London side have managed to beat Manchester City at the Bridge this season and they can be backed at 8/5 (Stan James – £150 free bets) to claim a maximum haul against the other team from that city on Sunday afternoon.
It is noticeable that Chelsea have stopped conceding so many goals in recent weeks, with Scott Sinclair’s spectacular effort at the Liberty Stadium being the first time that Petr Cech has conceded in four Premier League outings.
Therefore, perhaps the 7/2 (Sky Bet free bet) about the Blues winning this contest to nil could be a value proposition, although Ashley Cole will be suspended after his dismissal in south Wales and Manchester United will be hopeful that Wayne Rooney can play a part in this game.
The way in which the Red Devils dominated recently at the Emirates Stadium suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team are starting to click into gear and they didn’t need to be at their best when beating Stoke City on Tuesday.
The champions are a 15/8 chance (William Hill – £25 free bets) to claim victory at Stamford Bridge and keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, with the excellent Antonio Valencia on offer at 16/1 to score the first goal of the game.