Sunderland v Chelsea latest odds, news and free bets

The last six meetings between these teams have yielded at least three goals on each occasion, although there is a case for the trend being bucked at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Sunderland have been struggling to create and score goals since the season started and a spectacular Sebastian Larsson effort at Anfield is the only time that they…

The last six meetings between these teams have yielded at least three goals on each occasion, although there is a case for the trend being bucked at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Sunderland have been struggling to create and score goals since the season started and a spectacular Sebastian Larsson effort at Anfield is the only time that they have found the net in 270 minutes of football.

We shouldn’t expect them to have much joy against a Chelsea defence for whom Petr Cech returns after injury, while David Luiz also gives Andre Villas-Boas options in central defence after the Brazilian started training during the week.

The Blues are a best price 8/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory on Wearside, with the west London club recruiting Raul Meireles and Juan Mata before the transfer window shut and this is certainly a squad capable of challenging for the title.

It will be interesting to see whether Fernando Torres keeps his place in the starting line-up after failing to score in three matches, although Didier Drogba might not be ready to play following a head injury sustained against Norwich a fortnight ago.

Sunderland did famously win 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last season when Chelsea hit a low ebb although Danny Welbeck is no longer around to score goals and manager Steve Bruce will hope that Nicklas Bendtner can provide a short-term solution after completing a season-long loan move from Arsenal.

The Dane has clearly got a high opinion of his own abilities and can be backed at 9/1 to open the scoring, although Chelsea winning the game to nil makes more appeal at 15/8 with Coral.

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