The Blues welcome the Black Cats to Stamford Bridge in a crucial match for both teams.
Chelsea will look to maintain pressure on leaders Liverpool ahead of next week’s crucial clash when both teams meet for a potential title decider.
Within a matter of two weeks, when it seemed Chelsea would bow out of the Premier League title race as well as the UCL, a set of fairy tale happenings have led the Blues in firm contention for the title and Jose Mourinho would not want to back off from it now.
Sunderland are in a perilous position and need victories desperately to stay alive in the Premier League next season. With five games to go and still six points away from safety, Sunderland would do their best to cause an upset and grab three points to boost themselves.
Gus Poyet’s men drew away at Manchester City effectively ruining City’s title hopes and they would want to do the same here with Chelsea. But they do have a miserable run of form as they haven’t won in their last five games whereas Chelsea have seemed to find their feet with three wins on the trot.
Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
Chelsea: 3 wins, 2 losses, 0 draws
Swansea 0-1 Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea 2-0 Paris Saint Germain (UCL)
Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City (PL)
Paris Saint Germain 3-1 Chelsea (UCL)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea (PL)
Sunderland: 0 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw
Man City 2- 2 Sunderland (PL)
Sunderland 0-1 Everton (PL)
Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland (PL)
Sunderland 1-2 West Ham (PL)
Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland (PL)
Head to Head
Played: 116 Chelsea Win: 57 Sunderland Win: 38 Drawn: 21
Chelsea will miss Eden Hazard again as he recuperates with his calf injury. There are no other injury worries for Chelsea. Chelsea may wish to rotate some of their players.
For Sunderland, Steven Fletcher and Kieren Westwood are out injured with ankle and back injuries respectively. Ki Sung-Yeung and Carlos Cuellar are struggling with fitness issues as the Korean missed the match against Man City with a knee issue while the latter is nursing a hamstring injury.
– Chelsea have conceded only nine times at Stamford Bridge this season.
– Chelsea are the only team unbeaten at home in the top four English divisions this season.
– Demba Ba has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
– The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
Date: 19th April 2014
Kick-off: 17:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Mike Dean
Author’s Verdict: Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland
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