ANOTHER big test for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea as they face Stoke on Saturday. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) previews the game for us.
Stoke v Chelsea | Saturday 17:30 | Sky Sports 1
Chelsea 11/10? Really?! For a team in a dreadful run of form that is a short price to go and win at Stoke. IMHO. Let’s look at the facts…
Could you really back a side away from home at 11/10 with three league defeats in their last four? How about backing a side away from home at 11/10 with just one solitary road win all season in the Premier League? And how tempted are you to back a side away from home at 11/10 with just two wins in their last nine games? Quite simply, it’s not for me.
Stoke have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far. Touted as Top 6 potential at the birth of the season they got off to a sluggish start with no wins in their opening six matches.
Things turned round in late-September though and three wins in a row were picked up before another disappointing couple of performances against Watford and Newcastle. I do think they’ll come good though and finish Top 10 as there are so many average sides in this division.
Memorably these sides met last week in the Capital One Cup with Stoke going through on penalties but I doubt the Chelsea players will be desperately seeking revenge here. I don’t think they’ve got the heart for much at the moment.
Jose Mourinho will of course be absent from the Britannia on Saturday and perversely that might have a positive effect on Chelsea. He cuts a desperate figure at the moment.
Like the lunchtime game, the Win-Draw-Win prices don’t appeal to me so I’m happy having a pop on Under 2.5 Goals at 3/4 with Bet365. Stoke are the lowest scorers in the division but have a decent defence with just 12 conceded. Chelsea can’t be relied on to do much at the moment. The last five Stoke games have gone Under and I’ll go in again.
Stoke v Chelsea – Under 2.5 Goals (3/4 Bet365)
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