Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Salah, Oscar, Schürrle, Eto’o
Chelsea fought hard to come away from the Liberty with a 1-0 win over Swansea last weekend and currently trail league leaders Liverpool by two points. They will need a win here to keep pressure on the Reds before the two teams clash next weekend. Eden Hazard picked up an injury in their Champions League quarter-final comeback against Paris Saint Germain and is set to sit out this game. Salah deputized last time out but Willian is an alternative option to the Egyptian.
Sunderland were not expected to come away from the Manchester City game with a points and will need the same gritty performance against the Blues this weekend. The Black Cars are rock bottom of the Premier League, but have a game in hand and an unlikely win over the Blues will see them tied with Cardiff in 19th. Gus Poyet picked Connor Wickham to start his previous two games and last time out the youngster scored twice at the Etihad to keep Sunderland’s hope of staying up alive.
So sky think Chelsea will drop points to bottom place sunderland at home yet Liverpool will breeze past a relegation threatend Norwich away!
— Tattooed Dan (@see_eff_see) April 18, 2014
— Adam Bestwick (@adam_bestwick) April 18, 2014
Chelsea vs sunderland.. We should hv it easy
— cibi (@k_cibi) April 18, 2014
Hopefully Sunderland do the same to Chelsea that they did against city come on Sunderland
— Corey smith (@coreylfc18) April 18, 2014
So a fan decides to invade the Stadium of Light when the two teams met earlier this season. From the way he ran pass the stewards Mourinho should buy him to replace Torres!
Branislav Ivanovic is our pick for this fixture’s Fantasy Football Danger Man. The Chelsea defence is quite solid at home (conceding only nine goals) and a clean sheet is on the cards for the Serbian international. Not to mention his knack of bombing down the wings or getting his head onto corners.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland: An Alternative Preview
Chelsea have won 17 of their last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (L1).
The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have conceded only nine times at home this season, fewer than any other side, and are the only unbeaten home team in the top four English divisions this season.
Demba Ba has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Chelsea (all comps).
Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their last six Premier League home games. The club’s record run is nine, set in November 2010.
Only WBA have scored more than once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.
Frank Lampard needs four goals in Chelsea’s last four games to become the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
All 11 of Samuel Eto’o’s goals for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge.
Nemanja Matic has assisted three of Chelsea’s last five Premier League goals.
Lee Cattermole has scored one Premier League goal for every 66.8 fouls he has conceded.