Sunderland haven’t beaten Chelsea at home since the 1-0 victory back in 2000. Gus Poyet and Jose Mourinho will both expect similar attacking flair from their sides, which will hopefully repeat the last fixtures exhilarating display.
Chelsea have leaked goals away from the Bridge so far this season, having conceded six in their last two away fixtures to Sunderland and Stoke. Poyet will be looking at the Blues shaky defence after Mourinho’s recent comments about his side’s poor performances. Sunderland sit bottom in the league, having lost 11 of their opening 16 fixtures, but their last result in the previous round against Southampton was a huge result for The Black Cats as they knocked out high-flying youngsters Southampton.
Poyet has a real opportunity to please the fans with an upset against Chelsea, leading his side to the semi-finals. However Mourinho will be looking to win as much silverware as possible this season and will show no remorse.
Chelsea have scored two or more goals in seven of their last nine away matches this season and Mourinho will want to keep that attacking threat going, as he pursues another trophy to continue his unbelievable record of winning at least one piece of silverware a season in top-flight football since 2003.
Sunderland fans will be hoping that the Blues’ Portuguese manager will be looking to rest a few of his key players, with Monday’s London rivalry fixture dawning on them as they will look to beat Arsenal at the Emirates in the hope of overtaking them at the top of the table.
Poyet will be without midfielder Jack Colback as he is suffering from illness, along with leading centre back Carlos Cuellar and goalkeeper Kieren Westwood still ruled out.
Branislav Ivanovic is suspended after he picked up another yellow card against Crystal Palace over the weekend, which will mean that Cesar Azpilicueta will fill in at right back.
Chelsea go into this fixture as joint favourites with Man City to win this competition, however Mourinho stated that his side aren’t big contenders for any competition this year, given the lack of firepower upfront for the London club and with Poyet’s struggling Sunderland side, the Capital One Cup should be number one priority as he will look to please the fans with a bit of silverware.
Written by @JoePietrasik
Sunderland V Chelsea Pre-Match Stats
Sunderland and Chelsea’s one previous League Cup meeting came in the 1984/95 semi-finals; Sunderland won both legs to progress, winning 2-0 on home soil.
Chelsea have won their last nine trips to Sunderland in all competitions and are unbeaten in 10 (D1) at the Stadium of Light.
The Blues have already won 4-3 at the Stadium of Light in the league this season; Eden Hazard bagged a brace in that game.
There have been three own goals scored in the last two meetings between Sunderland and Chelsea.
Chelsea have never beaten Sunderland in a major cup competition, losing three and drawing one.
Sunderland are appearing in the quarter-finals of this competition for the seventh time; they have won three and lost three so far, losing their latest one to Crystal Palace in 2000/01.
Chelsea have now reached the quarter-final of the League Cup in 10 of the last 13 seasons. They have progressed in five of their nine previous ties in this run.
Chelsea have kept three successive League Cup clean sheets, all of which have come away from home.
Indeed, the Blues have managed eight clean sheets in their last 12 away games in this competition.
Jose Mourinho has never lost a League Cup game as Chelsea manager (excluding penalty shootouts), winning 12 and drawing three of 15.