Chelsea matched up against Sunderland means that the tide is more than likely going to be in favor of the Blues. It is simple fact that Chelsea is a more talented team than Sunderland. Bodog.com seems to agree that Chelsea is going to be the winner because on the moneyline Chelsea is sitting pretty at -165. The underdog, Sunderland, is facing quite the challenge on the pitch and on betting sites seeing that they are currently sitting at +450 on the moneyline. A tie seems unlikely as bodog has it sitting at +275.
Chelsea to win (-165)
Sunderland to win (+450)
Sunderland vs Chelsea Game Preview
On paper this looks like a one-sided match up, and in all honesty that is exactly what it is. Chelsea’s firepower far surpasses Sunderland and unless there is a stroke of genius, or in Chelsea’s case, a massive disaster, the Blues will probably escape fairly unscathed. Chelsea has started the season with different approaches in the goal scoring and at this point all 5 of their goals have come from 5 different players. They are currently sitting in 4th place but it is still early and I would anticipate that mark beginning to improve. Henrique Hilario, back-up goalkeeper, has been starting in place of the injured Cech, but most people think that the big Czech will be back in the starting spot.
Sunderland is not playing up to their expectations at this point. Having no wins in 3 matches may not be too deep of a hole this early, but their style of play needs to pick up quickly. In fact, if you count a Carling Cup game against Championship side Brighton, Sunderland has scored only 1 goal so far. The sole bright side I see for Sunderland is that they know they can play at a high level considering they drew Liverpool on the first weekend 1-1. Asamoah Gyan seems to be their only option in attack and opposing teams know this which makes Sunderland fairly predictable and easy to defend against. Sunderland is most definitely not in the shape they want to be heading into a match facing Chelsea, but maybe this is the week where they turn things around.
Chelsea v. Sunderland Betting Prediction
In my opinion this game is as easy to call as it looks. Chelsea is a far superior team than Sunderland and with the type of game that the Black Cats have been playing lately, they better batten down the hatches or it is going to be a blowout. Look for Chelsea forwards like Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka to add to their respective goal tallies. Hopefully, for Sunderland at least, Asamoah Gyan can step his game up and find t he back of the net once or twice. I am going to predict Chelsea to win the match by at least 2 goals.