Chelsea now sit at the top of the Premier League purely on goal difference, however they will go three points ahead at Christmas with a win at the Britannia Stadium this evening.
Chelsea were unbeatable from the beginning of the season through to December and many predicted that they would go through the season without defeat in the Premier League. All this was brought to a halt when Newcastle United defeated them at St James’ Park however. Nevertheless they remain firm favourites to clinch the title, although that defeat has allowed reigning champions Manchester City to claw themselves level with the Blues at the top of the table.
This can all change tonight as Chelsea head up to Stoke in search of the valuable three points which would give them some space over their rivals over Christmas. A win against Hull City saw Mourinho’s side bounce back from their Newcastle upset and the pressure will be on tonight for them to continue their winning ways at the Britannia.
Chelsea have managed three successive victories since that defeat and unsurprisingly they start as firm favourites to clinch the points tonight, Bet365 offering 8/13 for a Blues win and 3/1 for a draw. Stoke City start as 6/1 with BetVictor, however despite the Potters securing maximum points when the two sides met at the Britannia last season, we feel that a repeat of that outcome is extremely unlikely this time around.
Chelsea have won all but three of their last twelve encounters with Stoke with just one defeat. This record will likely continue tonight, however those wishing for some added value could consider heading to BetVictor. If you don’t have an account with this bookie, you can open one now and take advantage of their price-boosted 4/1 for a Chelsea win, only available to new registrations. Just sign-up prior to kick-off tonight and back the Blues at the enhanced price.
For a Chelsea win we’re obviously going to need goalscorers and we have some good options in this market. Diego Costa has managed twelve goals in just thirteen top flight games and he looks good value at Evens with 888sport to get his name on the goalsheet at any time. Didier Drogba has also been on decent form of late and it is hardly a surprise that he is second on the Anytime Goalscorer betting market at 9/5 with BetVictor.
The best bet for us though is a simple Chelsea victory tonight. Mourinho’s side have been beaten just once this season as yet and they are unlikely to be repeating this any time soon. They have consistently been in top form in all competitions and have to be backed for the three points tonight.
Our betting tips
Anytime Goalscorer, Diego Costa – 888sport Evens
Chelsea win – BetVictor 4/1 ( New Customers )