Many will be backing Andre Villas-Boas’ team to claim victory on Saturday although odds of 2/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) certainly don’t scream out value considering that Sunderland are full of confidence at the moment. Especially with Didier Drogba missing from the Chelsea attack and Fernando Torres continuing to be a liability.
The £50 million man has been booked or sent off in as many games that he has scored this season and it’s not as though anyone will want to sign the off-colour Spaniard in January. The bookies have been happy to lay him for bigger prices recently and Coral go biggest with their 5/1 quote on Saturday.
The Black Cats are purring under Martin O’Neill and Ladbrokes have gone really big with their 8/1 quote that the visitors continue their excellent progress under the northern Irishman. Who would have thought they could be in the top half so quickly after he took charge, although the players now have lots of confidence.
It has been four wins and a draw in the past five matches and James McClean looks to be a star of the future, with Steve Bruce having signed him from Derry City for £350,000 in August. Can the Irishman show up Torres on Saturday? He is a 28/1 shot with bet365 to open the scoring and those odds are surely too big!