A point at the Etihad will have reminded Sunderland they possess the kind of spirit necessary to shrug off the relegation noose, but that bold showing will seem like a distant memory by the time Chelsea have finished with them.
The Blues are a latte-skinny 9/50 for three title-chasing points, while Sunderland are 12/1 shots for victory and a draw can invested in at 6/1.
However, with Jose Mourinho’s men so short for success it may please punters of a bwinning mentality to have a dabble on one or more of our treble of longer-odds recommendations.
Chelsea to win to nil @ 18/25
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Sunderland are the division’s fourth-lowest scorers and should find a home defence that has shipped just nine times in 17 league games this term to mean to master.
Demba Ba to score last @ 7/2
It’s deeply pleasing to see Mourinho giving the Senegalese hitman more of a chance of late and he’s been rewarded with vital goals in Chelsea’s last two showings.
Ba has struck seven times this term in the league, with a minutes per goal ratio of 116 and all bar one of his strikes has been the last of proceedings.
The exception came when he notched a brace!
Chelsea to win half time/full time @ 11/20
Sunderland have been in woeful form lately, losing all bar two of their last ten outings and in only one of those were they ahead at the break.
Eight of the ten saw them fail to score in the opening period, offering the hosts every chance to get their noses in front early and keep them there for the duration.
Meanwhile they have been trailing at half time in four of their last six games.