The latest Sunderland v Chelsea odds as William Hill report that punters are eying Fernando Torres to once more fire Chelsea to victory over Sunderland.
The Spanish striker has a remarkable record against the Black Cats, scoring six goals in his last seven starts against Sunderland, as punters eye the increased value at 8/1.
Chelsea are placed as 4/7 favourites to beat Sunderland as both teams look to try and get a win to help boost their seasonal ambitions.
Despite spending many years as a player at Stamford Bridge, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will have his eyes firmly on three points as Sunderland face a tough game against an in-form Chelsea side.
Sunderland’s abysmal start has left The Black Cats second from bottom in the league and Poyet’s side are still five points from safety as the season nears the halfway mark.
Poyet is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on Saturday with several key players such as Steven Fletcher, Sebastian Larsson and John O’Shea all keeping their place in the squad.
Wes Brown is also set to start for a second successive time after seeing his red card against Stoke rescinded towards the end of last week.
Although Sunderland still have the worst goal difference in the Premier League, the club can take heart in some of their recent performances where the side have kept clean sheets in two of their last three games including one against high-flying Manchester City in their last home win.
Chelsea may not be so forgiving though with the London side on a three game unbeaten streak which has seen them climb to second in the league and stay four points behind leaders Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho will certainly shake things up a little bit for the trip north with several changes being made to the squad meaning that Ashley Cole and Demba Ba are likely to start the game rather than coming on from the bench.
In-form Brazilian winger Oscar is unlikely to participate due to an ankle injury meaning that Juan Mata is likely to start with Eden Hazard in the winger roles at the Stadium of Light.
Jose Mourinho will no doubt look to continue Chelsea’s good record against Sunderland with The Blues having remained unbeaten in their last eight games against The Wearsiders in all competitions.
Having improved Sunderland’s fortunes since taking over in October, Gus Poyet will be keen to continue their climb out of the relegation zone although Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will have other ideas.