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  • 10 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Sunderland - Chelsea Preview: Unbeaten Blues look to add to Steve Bruce's woes at the Stadium of Light

Andre Villas-Boas' side will be aiming for their seventh consecutive win on Wearside as the hosts will be out to improve on their poor home form in 2011


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
 Bardsley, Bramble, Brown, Richardson
Gardner, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson Sessegnon
Gyan

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Mikel, Lampard
Malouda, Torres, Mata

John O’Shea is expected to be ruled out for Sunderland so Phil Bardsley will shift from left to right-back, with Kieran Richardson filling in on the left – Jack Colback can also play there if Steve Bruce requires him to. Titus Bramble comes into the starting line-up for the first time this season, replacing Anton Ferdinand, who was sold to QPR on deadline day. New signing Nicklas Bendtner will start from the bench despite his impressive form for Denmark in the international break, with Bruce sticking with Asamoah Gyan and Stephane Sessegnon playing just off the Ghanaian.

Didier Drogba is out of this game as he still recovers from a concussion sustained in the 3-1 victory over Norwich. However, Andre Villas-Boas can welcome back Petr Cech, who’s been out since the first game of the season, and David Luiz, who will likely start from the bench as he’s played so little football recently. Deadline day signing Raul Meireles will most likely start on the bench with Chelsea sticking with the same midfield that beat the Canaries. Juan Mata will likely join Florent Malouda and Fernando Torres in attack.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have only found the net once this season in the Premier League, that being Seb Larsson’s strike on the opening day of the season at Anfield.
  • The Black Cats have only gained seven points at home in 2011, with their last coming in April in a 4-2 win over Wigan.
  • Sunderland have had eight bookings this season, with Phil Bardsley being the only Black Cats player to see red this season.
  • The last time Sunderland beat Chelsea was last season in a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues recorded a victory against the Black Cats in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light where they were 4-2 winners.
  • Chelsea’s Fernando Torres (pictured right) has scored just one goal in 27 games for club and country in 2011.
  • Chelsea last won away from home in the Premier League in April when they beat West Brom 3-1 at The Hawthorns.
  • Chelsea have won on their last six visits to the Stadium of Light. With the last non-win coming in 2001 when the teams drew 0-0.
  • The Blues have received six yellow cards this season.

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
6Michael TurnerDefender
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3José BosingwaDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
26John TerryDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
23David LuizDefender
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
Players to Watch
Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Black Cats need goals so they need their record signing to come up with the goods. The Ghanaian has not had the best start to the season but showed a lot of promise in Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Swansea two weeks ago.

If he has a good outing he will cause the Chelsea defence problems with his pace and power, and he could kickstart his side's season.
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder has a good record against Sunderland and scored on his last visit to the Stadium of Light. He may have a point to prove after having his England future questioned over the international break, and he will still want to show he still has it at the highest level.

Despite the signing of Raul Meireles, he has the backing of his manager and will look to put the Black Cats to the sword once again.
Prediction

Andre Villas-Boas' side are picking up points without playing well – a good sign for the Blues. Sunderland have had a poor start to the season and have been poor at home in 2011, which has led to a lot pressure being put on Steve Bruce. Expect Chelsea to take all the points in this one to further increase Bruce’s woes.

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