Sunderland v Chelsea: Mourinho’s men set for goal-fest

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They say that trends are made to be broken and Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea faithful should be extremely confident that one of their negative ones will be snapped when they travel to the north east for the clash with Sunderland.

Heading into the match, where the odds makers price the visitors at 4/7 to win, with the draw at 3/1 and a home victory a 5/1 outside chance, the Blues have a shot of scoring three or more goals for a third consecutive game.

Surprisingly, for a side of Chelsea’s stature, the Stamford Bridge club haven’t managed that feat since October 2011, but face the perfect opposition to break the hoodoo.

Simply put, Sunderland have been unable to resist the goal scoring might of the King’s Road club in their recent history, shipping two or more goals in 16 of their last 19 matches in all competitions.

However, it is the recent tale of the tape at the Stadium of Light that should extend Chelsea’s three-goal streak to three games.

Four of the west Londoners’ last five trips to Sunderland have seen three or more away goals scored, and the 21/20 about them notching two or three goals again, should have punters clambering for the betslip.

However, the 5/1 on them sliding four or more past the Black Cats keeper looks equally tempting given that Gus Poyet’s side have the worst defensive record in the division.

However, for those looking for value in a Chelsea win, then combining them do provide it in a game that contains over 2.5 goals at 13/10 is the way forward.

That bet looks in even better shape when the reality that Chelsea have bettered their Mackem rivals in 16 of the last 17 meetings, with nine of the last ten also soaring over the 2.5 goal boundary, hits.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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