If ever Chelsea and their beleaguered manager Andre Villas-Boas needed a win, it is this Saturday at Stamford Bridge with the visit of Bolton Wanderers.
Wednesday’s defeat at Napoli in the Champions League means the west Londoners have now gone five matches without a victory and last won a Premier League game on January 14th.
In order to end that barren run, Villas-Boas will be looking to his forwards to put in a performance that earns them all three points.
The problem for the Portuguese is that his star-studded attacking cast have not been filling him or anyone else with much confidence recently.
Of those forward players, Juan Mata has been the most prolific in recent games, with the Spaniard netting three in his last six appearances.
He is priced at 11/2 to open the scoring and looks like a wise investment given that of his nine goals this season, four have come first in games.
New customers receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin.com and placing it on Mata to break the deadlock would bring returns of £162.50 if the former Valencia star obliges.
Elsewhere in the betting, Didier Drogba can never be discounted, although his Africa Cup of Nations commitments mean he has not played a Premier League match since the New Year’s Eve victory over Aston Villa, a game in which he scored.
He is available at 3/1 to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge, but more cautious punters might be interested in the 4/5 offered for him to score at any time.
Bolton, meanwhile, have badly lacked a consistent goalscorer this season, with the Trotters’ strikes being shared out among the team.
On-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi made a real impact in the FA Cup win over Millwall last weekend, scoring an excellent goal, and might be tempting as an outside bet to do the Gunners a favour by scoring at any time again at Stamford Bridge at odds of 3/1.
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