Only 3 points separate these two teams
Last updated: December 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
It won’t be a surprise if Sam Allardyce’s team manage to win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. First of all, the Sunderland manager is an expert when his team has to play a counter-attacking style of football. The second prerequisite is Chelsea’s current form. The Blues have won only 1 of their last 7 matches. And even though Chelsea are through in The Champions League, it is obvious the players are suffering from a lack of confidence.
The Black Cats were unlucky to lose their last match against Watford 0-1. Sunderland created 15 goal-scoring chances against 4 created by The Hornets. But eventually the three points were taken by Watford. Sunderland are lying in 19th place and are just 3 points away from 16th-placed Chelsea. That’s why this upcoming game is so important for The Black Cats.
The irony is Chelsea won last season’s league title right after the success against Sunderland. The Blues won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, after turning things around. Diego Costa equalised from the penalty spot in the 37th minute, then in the last 20 minutes of the game Loic Remy added two goals.
Eden Hazard received an injury in the 31st minute of the game against Leicester. It is unclear how long the Belgium international is likely to be sidelined.
Radamel Falcao is still injured for Chelsea. However, I don’t think he can do anything to help his team at this stage.
Jermaine Defoe is finally fit and surely will start the match against The Blues. The ex Tottenham striker was suffering from a hamstring problem.
Only Sebastian Larsson can’t be selected by Sam Allardyce. The Swedish international is suffering from a knee injury.
Quotes of the week
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “I don’t know what is wrong.”
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “It was a great pleasure to give Duncan Watmore time off for his graduation. Things are going very well for the young man at the moment.”
|Chelsea (4-2-3-1):||Courtois, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa.|
|Subs||Begovic, Remy, Zouma, Kenedy, Ramires, Obi Mikel, Traore.|
|Sunderland (3-4-3):||Pantilimon, Kaboul, Coates, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Defoe, Fletcher.|
|Subs||Mannone, Rodwell, Borini, Jordi Gomez, Jones, Matthews, Toivonen|
So far this season
|Chelsea this season||Sunderland this season|
|3 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (1)|
|2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa||Biggest win||2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa|
|1 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (2)|
|4 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||4 (4)|
|0-3 to Man City||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Man City|
|Costa (3)||Top scorer||Defoe, Fletcher (4)|
|Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro (2)||Assist Leader||M’Vila (3)|
|Y27, R3||Discipline||Y31, R2|
|4||Failures to score||6|
|9||Both Teams to Score Games||7|
|10||Over 2.5 Games||8|
|6||Under 2.5 Games||8|
- Sunderland last won against The Blues at Stamford Bridge on 19th April 2014. The Black Cats were 1-0 down after 12 minutes, but managed to turn the score round to 2-1 in the end.
- Chelsea have won 36 of 54 matches against Sunderland at home. The Blues have scored 126 and have conceded 58 in their net.
- The Blues have lost 4 of their 8 home matches this season. Jose Mourinho’s players recorded just three victories at Stamford Bridge.
- Sunderland have lost 6 of their 8 away games in The Premier League. The Black Cats’ only away victory was against Crystal Palace (1-0).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/05/15||The Premier League||Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland||Fletcher 26′|
|29/11/14||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea||—|
|19/04/14||The Premier League||Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland||Eto’o 12′|
|17/12/13||The Capital One Cup||Sunderland (AET)2-1 Chelsea||Cattermole (OG) 46′|
|04/12/13||The Premier League||Sunderland 3-4 Chelsea||J. Altidore 14′|