Sunderland - Chelsea Betting Preview: Visitors look good value to edge out Black Cats

Gus Poyet's men have won three home matches in a row, but Willie Duncan is backing Jose Mourinho's side to enjoy a narrow victory on Wednesday night
Chelsea came from behind to claim an impressive 3-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday afternoon and Jose Mourinho’s men will be keen to pick up another three points when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening.

The Blues ran out as comfortable 3-0 winners over West Ham United in their last Premier League away day and are chalked up as just 11/20 (1.55) favourites with bet365 to claim a victory over the Black Cats.

Gus Poyet’s men have won each of their last three matches on home soil and can be backed at a chunky 11/2 (6.50) with bet365 to make it four home wins in a row by beating the Blues on Wednesday, while the same firm offer 100/30 (4.33) that the match ends in stalemate.

Just one of Sunderland’s last five matches has featured more than three goals and, should that trend continue on Wednesday, there may be value in backing the even money (2.0) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head.

The Black Cats claimed an impressive 1-0 victory over Manchester City last month but, having already slumped to home defeats against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United respectively this term, Poyet will be anxious ahead of the visit of Mourinho’s men.

The Black Cats have managed just eight Premier League goals thus far this term, the joint lowest total in the division, and, subsequently, there may be value in backing the seemingly generous 11/10 (2.10) quote from bet365 for the Blues to keep a clean sheet.

The 7/5 (2.40) quote from bet365 for Chelsea to win to nil also carries considerable appeal here considering Sunderland's lack of goals, while the 13/5 (3.60) on offer from the same firm for Chelsea to win a match featuring fewer than three goals is sure to prove popular with punters.

The Black Cats look to be rejuvenated under Poyet’s stewardship and although they may not be able to garner any points against a solid Chelsea side, they are more than capable of keeping things tight so the even money (2.0) on offer from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored is the recommended play for punters here.

Those seeking to back bigger prices are advised to snap up the 7/5 (2.40) quote from bet365 for the Blues to win to nil ahead of Wednesday’s clash.

                BEST BET                                  VALUE BET
Under 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 3pts stake with bet365 Chelsea to win to nil at 7/5 (2.40) 1pt stake with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter