Having crashed out of the Champions League midweek, it’s back to domestic duty for Chelsea as they travel to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts sit just above the relegation zone having won just one of their last nine league games, and go in to the game on the back of their 2-1 defeat to Norwich City last weekend.
Martin O’Neil will have to make do without top scorer Steven Fletcher, who joins Lee Cattermole, John O’Shea and Wes Brown on the injury list. Fletcher’s absence could hand Louis Saha his first league start for the Black Cats, and the Frenchman is widely available at 10.0 (9/1) to get the first goal of the game. The home victory is priced at 5.0 (4/1) with Betfred, whilst Chelsea are available at a best price of 1.8 (4/5). The draw is a 3.75 (11/4) shot.
Having gone six games without a victory, Chelsea thrashed Danish Champions FC Nordesjaelland 6-1 on Wednesday evening. The result was not enough to see the Blues qualify for the last sixteen of the Champions League, but will surely be a boost for morale, not least for striker Fernando Torres, who scored two in one game for the first time since April.
Rafael Benitez remains unable to call on Captain John Terry, though Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard are close to fitness following injury.
Top scorer Torres is priced at 6.0 (5/1) with Bet Victor to open the scoring at the Stadium of Light, whilst you can get a price of 9.0 (8/1) for him to bag another brace.
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