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Premier League

  • 14 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 41696

Chelsea - Sunderland Preview: Blues have lost only one of their last 15 Premier League games against the Black Cats

Andre Villas-Boas' men have struggled to keep a clean sheet of late, conceding in their last six, while Martin O'Neill's team are unbeaten in their past five outings



Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Meireles, Lampard
Sturridge, Torres, Mata
Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, McClean
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will not be able to select strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou for this clash, with the Ivory Coast internationals having left to participate in the African Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Michael Essien was is reported to be making progress in his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but is thought to be about a week away from fitness. Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) are also sidelined for this clash.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has Marcos Angeleri (knee) sidelined for this fixture, with Titus Bramble (Achilles) and Fraizer Campbell (knee) joining him in the treatment room.

Wes Brown sustained a groin injury during the victory over Manchester City and is a doubt for this game. Craig Gordon is reported to have returned to action for the reserve side, but this clash could be a little early for a return.

  • Chelsea were on a winless streak of four matches in the Premier League before beating Wolves 2-1 at Molineux in their last game in the league.
  • The Blues have lost only one of their last 15 league meetings with Sunderland. But this defeat came in 2010, when the Black Cats triumphed with a 3-0 score line at Stamford Bridge.
  • The Blues have not been able to keep a clean sheet in their last six games in the top-flight.
  • Andre Villas-Boas' men have also won only two of their last six Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.
  • Sunderland have managed to score a total of 168 goals against the Blues throughout the course of their history. But they have also conceded 197 in the process.
  • Martin O'Neill's men are on an unbeaten run of five matches in all competitions, registering four wins.
  • The Black Cats have beaten Saturday's opponents only eight times in the league in 54 games away from home.
  • If all matches ended at half-time, the visitors would have slipped two places to 12th in the standings.
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Players to watch

Fernando Torres

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Fernando Torres has had to deal with several critics following his move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge, and his performances have not brought the kind of goals that he used to score at his former club.

But Didier Drogba's absence gives the Spaniard a good opportunity to make his mark and impress Andre Villas-Boas in the process.

S. Mignolet

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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Simon Mignolet will have to put in a good performance on the day to keep the Blues quiet, since the hosts have managed to score in each of their last 17 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

Editor's Prediction

Chelsea returned to form with a 2-1 victory over Wolves followed by a 4-0 result against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. Now the home side will want to keep their season moving in the right direction by taking three points on the Saturday. And considering the quality of the squad and their capabilities, it should not pose as a significant problem despite the Black Cats having been rejuvenated under Martin O'Neill.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN
Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN