Chelsea v Sunderland Betting Predictions – Back Chelsea wo Win at 11/1 with Paddy Power
The majority of games on the last day of the Premier League season do not count for much and, in reality, this is no different. Top meets bottom at Stamford Bridge in what could be the last clash between Chelsea and Sunderland for some time. The Black Cats have already suffered their first relegation in ten years, while the Blues will be lining up to lift the Premier League trophy at full time.
Unsurprisingly, the odds are stacked heavily in the home side’s favour. Sunderland did win away from home at Hull recently, but three points have been a rare delicacy for David Moyes’ side. The relaxed atmosphere could benefit them, because as the narrow victory over Watford proved, Chelsea have not been putting in their best performances of late.
That said, Paddy Power are offering some interesting variations on the half time/full time market. Our tip is Chelsea to win 3-0, with a 1-0 lead at half time at 11/1 with a Paddy Power free bet. Sunderland have conceded 62 goals this season, but only scored 28, so it us very tough to back them in any circumstances.
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Eden Hazard is at 3/1 to score first, with Pedro at 7/2. If Sunderland are to score, it’ll likely come from Jermain Defoe, who is at 14/1.
As mentioned above, Sunderland have struggled to both score and keep out goals. Before beating Hull, their last victory came back in February, at Crystal Palace, and in truth they have fallen out of the Premier League with a whimper. Defeat at home to Bournemouth two weeks ago sealed their fate, before losing to Swansea at the Stadium of Light and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. All in all, they have won just twice in 19 games this calendar year.
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Chelsea got their job done with a win at West Brom on last Friday before following it up with a 4-3 win over Watford. But Antonio Conte’s men have not been at their best in recent weeks, losing to Crystal Palace and Manchester United, but winning every other game since April, including beating Tottenham to reach the final of the FA Cup.
Sunderland have won twice at Stamford Bridge in the last seven years, the first came in 2010 when Steve Bruce’s side beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men 3-0 in a shock result. The Black Cats then won 2-1 in 2014 under former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet, a huge result in their quest to survive that season. But they have lost on the other four visits in that time, so the omens are not good for them.
Cesc Fabregas vs Didier Ndong
In recent weeks, Cesc Fabregas has played a vital role for Chelsea having previously been on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s side. He has replaced both Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in recent times, and when he plays the team has more of a foothold in possession.
Sunderland will likely sit in with a low midfield block of three, with Ndong possibly alongside George Honeyman and Darron Gibson. Their aim will be to frustrate the home side and keep them at bay, which was the same idea as Middlesbrough had a couple of weeks ago. But Fabregas performed exquisitely that day and he may need to again.
Predicted line ups for Chelsea and Sunderland:
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Terry, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Matic, Fabregas, Moses; Hazard, Pedro, Batshuayi
Sunderland (4-3-3) Pickford; Manquillo, O’Shea, Kone, Jones; Gibson, Honeyman, Ndong; Anichebe, Borini, Defoe