The Chelsea juggernaut rolled over Tottenham last time out to stretch their unbeaten run this season to 21 matches.
Their 3-0 squashing of Spurs was their sixth in succession at Stamford Bridge and their fourth home and away in which they haven’t conceded a goal across all competitions.
Defensive lapses in the fledgling stages are what gave the chasing pack hope of a slip up in the title race, but now, in addition to scoring at will, the Blues are also exemplifying the stellar defensive traits that are synonymous with Jose Mourinho-schooled sides.
Having reinforced the rearguard, things don’t look good for the Manchester City’s and Manchester United’s holding their breath for a fumble from the west Londoners, but this clean-sheet streak is soon to end.
A very reasonable price of 17/20 says the next goal Chelsea leak is at Newcastle and of the other bets on offer in this market this looks exceptional value.
It’s 2/1 that Hull are the first team to rustle their net since Emre Can did for Liverpool in early November, while it’s 9/2 that Stoke claim the mantle a week later.
West Ham visit the Bridge after that before a trip to Southampton and both weigh in at 12/1 in this field, whereas no more goals shipped in 2014 is the long shot at 20/1.
Of all these mooted punts, anything other than a wager on the favourites is money wasted.
The Magpies have racked up five goals on the last two occasions they’ve hosted Chelsea, winning both matches.
Approaching their visit this weekend, Alan Pardew’s troops have perforated the onion bag in seven of their last eight outings.
Furthermore, not since their inability to strike at home to Man City on the opening day have they failed to find the net at St James’ Park.
Chelsea have kept just one domestic shut out on their travels this term, with the Shrewsbury and Burnley frontlines, far inferior to the one the Toon boast, all among the goals.