It was ten Premier League appearances before Fernando Torres scored his first Chelsea goal last season and it is 50/1 that it takes the same number of games to discover his scoring touch during the current campaign.
Torres’ only Premier League goal for Chelsea thus far since his £50m switch from Liverpool came in last season’s victory over West Ham.
He is yet to score in his three appearances for Chelsea so far this season, with his latest blank being in the 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Norwich.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas has been quick to stick up for the Spaniard, but will be secretly hoping that his drought in the current season will not emulate the last campaign.
Premier League odds are available on when Torres will open his account and it is 5/4 that it arrives in Chelsea’s next fixture at Sunderland.
Looking back of Torres’ Premier League career, Sunderland and Blackburn are the two clubs where he has witnessed the greatest success and this may give him confidence.
Furthermore, with Didier Drogba being carried off with concussion against Norwich, this should ensure that Torres will start against Sunderland.
A trip to Old Trafford would await Torres after Sunderland and it is 4/1 that his opening goal of the Premier League season comes in this fixture against Manchester United.
Chelsea’s next league game at Stamford Bridge comes against last season’s Championship play-off winners Swansea and this is certainly a fixture that Villas-Boas will want a comfortable victory.
It is 50/1 that Torres’ first goal comes against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on November 20th, while Wolves will be the opposition for Chelsea’s tenth league game of the campaign.
Torres’ odds are also 50/1 that he nets his first of the season against Wolves.