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.