Chelsea To Remain On Course For Title Showdown

England and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier expects his Premier League ante-post tip Chelsea to avoid a potential banana skin against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge today
At 6/1 a £10 bet would return £70

Chelsea to win 2-0

Jose Mourinho has been keeping his head down this week as Chelsea prepare for an intense couple of the weeks that could define their season. In the next eleven days, Chelsea play two legs of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and sandwiched between is the crucial Premier League title clash at Anfield against leaders Liverpool.

First, Mourinho must get his men up for the visit of Sunderland, who despite their perilous league position, are capable of spoiling Chelsea’s plans. The Wearsiders were desperately unlucky not take three points from the Etihad in midweek, having to settle for a point after a goalkeeping fumble late in the game against Man City.

Neither will Mourinho have forgotten how Sunderland eliminated his side from the League Cup earlier this season and will insist his men capitalise on their chances when they come.

Matt Le Tissier tips: “Chelsea were my tip to win the Premier League at the start of the season and it looks like they could go down to the wire. Next week’s match against Liverpool could ultimately decide the title but there is still work to do in the other fixtures.

The Blues play bottom-of-the-league Sunderland today who almost pulled off a shock win at Manchester City on Wednesday. I can’t see Jose Mourinho allowing his players to make a similar mistake and expect Chelsea to extend their home record of seven straight wins without conceding a goal.

I’ve predicted Chelsea to win 2-0 and at 6/1 it looks decent value at bet365.”

Mourinho has never lost in the league in two spells with Chelsea and his side has won 15 and drawn two of their home league fixtures this season. Sunderland have lost 17 of their last 18 league meetings against the London oufit, their success a shock 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in November 2010.