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Stoke vs Chelsea – Chelsea to continue title chase

| 02.04.2011

Chelsea have stirred into life of late to get back into the Premier League title race and they can maintain the pressure on Manchester United and Arsenal by winning at Stoke.

Match Odds

Chelsea’s betting odds are 4/6 to beat Stoke and they have won their last seven games with them in all competitions.

Meanwhile, looking at their last three results against Stoke, Chelsea’s aggregate advantage is 11-0.

Three successive league victories show the strength of Chelsea’s form and this is despite none of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka managing a top-flight goal since February 1st.

Stoke’s Britannia Stadium has the reputation of being a bit of a fortress and they will want to take points from their remaining home games in order to stave off any lingering doubts over relegation.

Tony Pulis’ team may have not scored in five of their last eight Premier League fixtures, but 9/2 seems a reasonably big price in the Premier League betting that they can beat Chelsea.

A draw would certainly slow Chelsea’s momentum towards the Premier League title and it is 5/2 that the encounters ends all square.

First Goalscorer

With Chelsea’s strikers misfiring, Carlo Ancelotti may be hoping that Florent Malouda extends his fine scoring record against Stoke.

Malouda opened the scoring when Stoke visited Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and has three goals in his last three meetings with them.

It is 8/1 in the Premier League odds that Malouda scores first again, while Fernando Torres is 4/1 to break the deadlock and score his first Chelsea goal.

For Stoke, Jonathan Walters may be rewarded for his endless work-rate with a goal and it is 9/1 that he is the game’s first goalscorer.

A £20 stake on Chelsea beating Stoke 1-0 would return £120. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.