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Rupert Wyman 13th Nov 2010 - 11:17

Asamoah is Gyan for goals

Stamford Bridge is not a happy hunting ground for Sunderland. The Black Cats have not won at the Bridge since the 2000-01 season, when they won 4-1 (200/1). Last season was a sorry day for the away fans, they were subjected to a 7-2 defeat.

Previous to that 7-2 defeat, Chelsea had not conceded at home to Sunderland for five consecutive fixtures.  The Chelsea clean sheet is 1/2 and the Blues have not conceded at home in the league since John Carew found the net in March. Chelsea are looking to beat a club record by chalking up their tenth successive home league clean sheet.

Chelsea are 1/4 for the home win, it is 4/1 the draw and 14/1 for the away win. However, I fancy both teams to score at 5/4. Sunderland have the firepower to score against Chelsea, Darren Bent is injured but they can score thanks to the clinical Asamoah Gyan. At Spurs he scored his third goal in two games, he is a massive 5/1 to score anytime.

The only team that have played at the Bridge this season with any real fire power is Arsenal and they failed to take their chances. Sunderland have scored at Tottenham, Newcastle and Liverpool recently, so they are more than capable of grabbing a goal.

Chelsea will be without their talisman midfielder Essien, who was shown a red in the dying seconds against Fulham midweek.  Lampard is also out for a few more weeks after he strained an abductor muscle in his groin at the end of Thursday's training session.

Chelsea are as short as 1/4 to win at home and I do not think the axing of Ray Wilkins will have any immediate effects on the players. Some of the senior players are said to be very close to Wilkins and there are an array of rumours as to why his contract was not renewed.

Nobody can question his input last season when the club won a Premier League and FA Cup double. However, Abramovich has a ruthless nature and he has other plans.

In the match handicaps market, there is little value in Chelsea -1 goal at 8/13, I would prefer to back the Draw/Chelsea in the double result market at 15/4. Sunderland were embarrassed after their 5-1 away loss to Newcastle.

They have improved since the result and they managed to get a point away at Tottenham midweek and they defeated a resilient Stoke at home last weekend. They will come to the Bridge looking for a point and they will play counter-attacking football, using the pace of Richardson and Gyan.

If they park the bus in front of the goal, the half time draw at 15/8 could be excellent value.  It is difficult to predict anything other than a Chelsea win and both teams to score could be the best punt on this match.






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