The Blues will be hoping to grab maximum points against Michael Laudrup’s men as the battle for EPL crown gets hotter
Chelsea face a relatively easy fixture as Michael Laudrup’s men come calling at the Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon. The Blues come to this encounter after securing a hard-fought Premiership against Arsenal at the Emirates.
The Blues have only lost one of their last eight Boxing Day fixtures, and have not lost at home on this day since a London derby defeat to Wimbledon in 1995. With this in mind, you can back them to get a win in this clash. They are outstanding favorites to brush aside the Swans at 1/3 (1.11) according to Ladbrokes.
Swansea have failed to beat Chelsea at home in the league since 1925 and coupled with the fact that they have failed to win on Boxing Day since 2007 when they beat Cheltenham Town in the third tier of English football, they are massive underdogs with Ladbrokes that place them on a long odds of 15/2 (8.50) to cause an upset in West London.
The same firm have the draw as a 4/1 (5.00) chance.
Swansea are firmly placed in mid-table following two wins from their last nine league matches and Mourinho’s men will fancy their chances of extending that poor run which will extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge to 18 games.
Laudrup’s men for their part have scored in four consecutive Premier League matches and have already netted against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United this season so scoring at Stamford Bridge certainly looks an achievable task for Laudrup's men. Not minding this, the hosts are 3/10 (1.30) to score first and last in this Boxing Day clash.
Jose Mourinho’s side have scored 32 times so far in the league and their top scorer, Eden Hazard, leads the way on six – 13 behind Premier League leader Luis Suarez. Samuel Eto’o is tied with Fernando Torres to score first with 4/1 (5.00) put on ground.
For punters seeking for a value bet, they should back total goals under 2.5 at 21/20 (2.05).