Unbelievably Chelsea’s visit to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn has become a must win game if they are to keep tabs on the league leaders, and bookmakers make them a top priced 1.5 to bag a vital three points.
The Blues have now lost their last two in the Premiership and find themselves sitting in fourth place, but more worryingly nine points behind trailblazing table toppers Manchester City.
However this represents a golden opportunity for them to get things back on track, and the stats suggest a comfortable victory is on the cards.
Chelsea have lost just two of the last 18 against Rovers (W13 D3 L2), and their opponents have been dreadful so far this season – registering just one win and bagging only 6 points from 10 games.
Another plus is that Anelka has a terrific scoring record against Blackburn.
He has scored 12 goals in 16 league Premier League games (five in six appearances for Chelsea) and that makes him plenty of appeal at 6.5 with bet365 to net the opener.
For those that like to follow the stats and fancy a saver on a big outsider Branislav Ivanovic appeals at the 21 on offer with bet365, Betfred and Paddy Power.
He scored in both meetings between the two sides last season and looks a big price to complete the hat-trick.
Given that Blackburn have failed to score in eight of the last 10 Premier League games against Chelsea and have now failed to keep clean sheet in 13 Premier League games it should really be a case of how many the Blues manage to put past them.
Their defensive frailties have been exposed all season and Chelsea’s attack should be able to carve open plenty of opportunities.
I think that this came could end up 3-0 or 4-0 for Andres Villas-Boas men.