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The Liverpool striker, on loan at Sunderland for the season, has not played against his old side before and hopes to be involved in front of the Black Cats' vocal home crowd

Sunderland attacker Fabio Borini is excited about the prospect of playing against former club Chelsea for the first time on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, on a season-long loan from Liverpool, hopes to be involved against the Europa League holders at The Stadium of Light.

Gus Poyet's side are bottom of the Premier League table, five points from safety, but have won their last three home matches in all competitions and the Italian, who was at Chelsea from 2007 to 2011, is optimistic that Sunderland's home support can spur them onto another stirring triumph.

"I have lots of friends still at Chelsea," Borini told the Black Cats' official website.

"I was there a long time and experienced a lot during my time there. I am looking forward to playing against them for the first time.

"We all know what to expect from them; they are a very talented side and they will prove to be a very tough test.

"It will be good to play at home on the back of the result at Aston Villa. The fans will be right behind us, as they have been since the opening day.

"You can see how important it is when you look at our recent home record - we've had great results against Newcastle and Manchester City and Southampton in the Capital One Cup. Their support is crucial for us."

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