Birmingham were the only Premier League team to stop Chelsea scoring away from home in the Premier League last season and Carlo Ancelotti will hope that lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Keeping clean sheets has become second nature to Chelsea this season as they kept out the opposition in nine of their opening 12 Premier League games.
However, it seems unlikely they will be able to keep up this formidable record in the coming weeks without the services of key defenders Alex and John Terry.
Therefore, it is imperative that they continue to score goals to counter what they may concede at the other end.
Chelsea are 8/13 to beat Birmingham and have avoided defeat against the opposition in all of their 16 league meetings since 1980.
Meanwhile, Birmingham have not lost against one of the so called ‘Big Four’ at home in their last seven games and could be a big price to move out of the relegation places by beating Chelsea at 9/2.
A draw is perhaps the most likely outcome and can be backed at 11/4.
To Score At Any Time
One of the most likely ways that Chelsea will concede without Terry and Alex is from set pieces, meaning that some of Birmingham’s defenders may be worth backing to score at any point in the 90 minutes.
Liam Ridgewell seems to have a particular knack of adding his name to the scoresheet and is 9/1 to score his fourth league goal of the campaign.
Roger Johnson will be another aerial threat and is 10/1 to strike at any time.
Florent Malouda has not been as prolific in front of goal of late in comparison to the opening to the season and could be a worth backing at 11/8 to score. See the complete Birmingham vs Chelsea match football betting odds market.