Chelsea will feel reasonably confident about facing relegation-threatened Sunderland in this afternoon’s late Premier League kick-off. The Black Cats may have recorded a surprise draw against Manchester City in mid-week, but Jose Mourinho’s impeccable undefeated streak at Stamford Bridge remains intact, and the Blues have bettered the Wearside club in eight of their last home encounters.
Petr Cech is the surprising omission for Chelsea, whilst Gus Poyet makes no changes to the starting XI that claimed a 2-2 draw at the Etihad.
Team to face Sunderland: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Salah; Eto’o. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 19, 2014
#SAFC: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O’Shea (c), Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.
— Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) April 19, 2014
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