Blues to Get Stamford Bridge Party Started Early

It's top v bottom on Sunday as Chelsea host Sunderland.

It's top v bottom on Sunday as Chelsea host Sunderland.

Sunderland is a dispirited English Premier League side and one can see the Black Cats copping a hiding in their final top-flight match, which is away to Chelsea on Sunday.

There will be a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea completes its English Premier League title-winning campaign seven days before the Blues tackle Arsenal in the English FA Cup. Competition for places in Chelsea’s team is such that one expects whomever Blues manager Antonio Conte chooses to field against Sunderland will put on a good show versus one of the worst English Premier League sides ever.

Sunderland is guaranteed to collect the English Premier League wooden spoon and one wonders how the Black Cats will fare next season under David Moyes, who has indicated that he intends to stick around. Hull, for example, deserves its English Premier League relegation simply for the fact that it lost both at home and away to Sunderland. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Sunderland trails Chelsea 2-1-16 so the ladder is not telling lies – the Black Cats are inferior to the Blues.

BetVictor is offering odds of -154  about Chelsea doing the half-time/full-time double result over Sunderland in their English Premier League clash. Chelsea has done that double 19 times in its 37 English Premier League games, including 12 of its 18 home matches. Sunderland has trailed at half time and full time in 15 of its 37 English Premier League games, including seven of its 18 away matches. December’s reverse English Premier League fixture ended 1-0 in favour of Chelsea and the Blues scored in the 40th minute.

One toyed with the idea of backing Chelsea at odds against to beat Sunderland by more than two goals but, if the Blues put the cue in the rack after establishing a lead over the Black Cats, they may not cover that line. On balance, one thinks that the half-time/full-time double-result market is the one on which to support Chelsea this weekend.

Sunderland is the English Premier League’s worst team and Middlesbrough is the next most hideous side. Liverpool has had more than its fair share of problems versus the English Premier League’s lowly ranked teams but surely even the Reds are incapable of stuffing up against Middlesbrough on Sunday in what is a must-win game for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Victory for Liverpool over Middlesbrough will qualify the Reds for the UEFA Champions League and, with Boro down and out and averaging 0.56 goals per English Premier League away match, one is drawn to odds of -137  with BetVictor about the Reds posting a win to nil. Liverpool thrashed Middlesbrough 3-0 when the reverse English Premier League fixture took place in December and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Reds enjoy a 16-2-1 edge over Boro. So Liverpool’s English Premier League superiority over Middlesbrough is greater than that of Chelsea over Sunderland, which takes quite some doing.

Stoke was flattered by its position on the top half of the English Premier League ladder for quite a few months but now the Potters are where they deserve to be – 14th and not all that far above the relegation zone. Stoke wraps up its English Premier League program at Southampton on Sunday and one thinks that the Saints are overpriced at odds of -120  with Betfred to lock down eighth place on the ladder.

According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Southampton boasts a 10-4-5 advantage over Stoke and one’s count was 10-0-3 in favour of the Saints until one’s number crunching got two-thirds of the way down the ladder. Basically, Southampton has outperformed Stoke against most of the English Premier League heavyweights.

Tips Summary

Chelsea HT/FT double result
Sunday 21st May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -154

Liverpool to win to nil
Sunday 21st May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -137

Southampton to beat Stoke
Sunday 21st May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -120