Chelsea v Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 17, 2017
Sunday May 21 – Stamford Bridge – Premier League
The Premier League’s best side meets its worst as champions Chelsea look to continue their winning form against long gone Sunderland. As both team’s fates are decided, don’t expect too much in this one.
The Blues lost 3-2 away to Sunderland last season, but won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light this term. The Black Cats have only won one of their past five meetings with Chelsea, and 37 of their 112 meetings in total.
Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from for Sunday’s meeting, but expect the Italian to go with a weaker team. John Terry is a certainty to start in a bid to give the club legend a fitting farewell.
Sunderland on the other hand have some injury troubles and will be without Duncan Watmore, Paddy McNair, Jan Kirchoff, Steven Pienaar, George Honeyman and Jason Denayer. However, David Moyes’ men cannot finish above bottom, so it has no real-world effect.
Chelsea vs Sunderland Preview and Predictions
Tottenham Hotspur may have been criticised for bottling a second title challenge in as many years, but there is no chance Chelsea would have given them a chance to get back in. The Blues have been peerless this season as the side Jose Mourinho couldn’t control found their form under Antonio Conte, while smart signings have bolstered the London club’s squad.
The Blues are heavy favourites at 1/6, while the away side are rank outsiders at 28/1 and the draw is at 7/1. Even with a weakened squad it is hard to see any other outcome than a Chelsea victory, but as the odds offer little room for profit, betting on goal scorers may be the better option.
John Terry found the net last week, meaning the former England captain has scored in 17 consecutive Premier League seasons, and the defender is at 6/1 to score any time. Michy Batshuayi will likely lead the line after scoring the title winning goal and is at 4/5 as an any time goal scorer, while 11/4 to score the opener.
Chelsea to win by three or more goals at 11/8
The Blues keep a tight defence, but their impressive attack rarely gets as much praise. With Willian and Batshuayi as backups, Chelsea’s second string attackers would walk into most Premier League starting XIs, spelling misery for Sunderland.
John Terry to score any time at 6/1
The Chelsea captain will be looking to go out on a high, and finding the net on consecutive occasions will be a lot more memorable than a clean sheet against the league’s worst club.