Sunderland v Chelsea: Fabregas the man to banish Black Cats nightmare

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Having ended Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League run at Stamford Bridge of 78 games last season, Sunderland will be out to put an end to another Blues’ run this weekend.

However, that looks unlikely to be the case.

Chelsea have looked imperious in their 12 league matches to date and already boast a six point lead at the top of the table.

But with the London outfit a very skinny price of 2/5, there is little value backing a straight away win.

Instead, Ben Stones has picked out three bets that give you a little more bang for your buck.

Chelsea to score the first goal before the 27th minute @ 13/10

Fans attending this game will want to make sure they are in their seats ready for kick-off, especially if previous meetings are anything to go by.

In the last 10 head-to-heads there have been 12 goals in the first 20 minutes of the game.

And with Chelsea bagging a goal in the opening 15 minutes in their last three matches in all competitions, they could ensure Gus Poyet’s men get off to the worst possible start.

Cesc Fabregas to score anytime @ 29/10

He may have been more of a provider this season, with 10 assists to his name, the Spaniard linking up well with Diego Costa and the rest of the Chelsea frontline, but Fabregas could take one for himself at the Stadium of Light.

With four goals against the Black Cats, more than against any other Premier League team, the former Arsenal man clearly thrives in this fixture, and with one side already netting eight against Sunderland this season, could be in for a few chances on goal.

Chelsea to win and both teams to score @ 9/4

Jose Mourinho threatened to go back to his watertight defensive style of play briefly this season, but has seen his side prove less solid on the road of late.

In fact they have conceded in every Premier League match away from Stamford Bridge so far.

Nevertheless having netted two or more in six of their last seven shows that they should still have enough to continue their dominance of the league, and look set to avoid another mishap against their north eastern rivals.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.