Seven goals scored without reply; another week, another two wins for Chelsea. Such is their imperious form; both domestically and in Europe, Jose Mourinho has certainly found his perfect 11.
The Blues will head to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to take on Sunderland, with revenge in mind. A 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge last season saw the Black Cats become the first team to inflict a home Premier League defeat on Jose Mourinho in 78 games. Ignoring the current form of both these sides; Sunderland vs Chelsea promises to be a heated affair.
Team News, Injury Updates and Suspensions
It’s good news for Gus Poyet as defender Sebastian Coates (thigh) and winger Ricky Alvarez (knee) should both be available, although the manager might be hesitant to start them after their lengthy layoffs. Full-back Billy Jones (hamstring) and midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are also very close to a return. Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) is the only long-term casualty.
Fatigue could play a factor in Mourinho’s selection, after a flawless midweek performance the team hasn’t had time to recover. Jose Mourinho said that Diego Costa took a knock during their Champions League Match vs Schalke on Tuesday, but he will be ready to play this weekend. Youngster Nathan Ake (hamstring) is the only player who will be unavailable.
The Black Cats have been on the end of thrashings themselves this season but have lost only once since they conceded eight to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium last month. Victory at Crystal Palace and draws with Everton and Leicester City have seen Gus Poyet’s side climb to 14th, three points clear of the relegation zone, ahead of their meeting with Poyet’s former club.
Recent Form: WLLWDD
This campaign, the Blues have gone 19 games without suffering defeat and this intimidating form has seen them open up a six-point lead at the top of the table. Schalke 04 was added to their list of victims after the Londoners ruthlessly thrashed the German side 0-5 to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
Recent Form: WWDWWW
– Gus Poyet became a fan favorite during a four-year stint at Chelsea during which he scored 36 goals in 105 games.
– Sunderland have lost their last 9 Premier League home games against Chelsea. Another win for Chelsea would set a Premier League record for consecutive home defeats to the same opposition.
– Cesc Fabregas has scored 4 goals against Sunderland in the Premier League, more than he has netted against any other opponent in the competition.
– There have been 53 goals scored in the last 12 Premier League matches between these teams.
Last Head to Head
Chelsea 1 – 2 Sunderland – 19th Apr 2014
Predicted Starting Lineups
Sunderland: Pantilimon; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere; Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell; Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Sunderland 1 – 3 Chelsea
Date: 29th November, 2014 (Saturday)
Venue: The Stadium Of Light
Time: 17:30 GMT / 23:00 IST
Referee: Kevin Friend
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt