The Black Cats against The Blues
Last updated: May 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Stadium of Light|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Chelsea finished with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Monday and sent the title into Leicester City’s hands. Now, The Blues can scupper Sunderland’s ambitions of staying in The Premier League. Eden Hazard has finally found his best form. The Belgian winger scored an incredible goal against Spurs. He’s found the net on 3 occasions in Chelsea’s last 2 league matches.
Sunderland can find a way out of the relegation zone. For that to happen, The Black Cats need to win the three points against The Londoners. Sam Allardyce’s players are in good shape. They won 5 points from their last 3 Premier League matches. Jermaine Defoe is the man in form for The Black Cats. He secured one point against Stoke, scoring from the penalty spot in the last minute of added time.
The Black Cats have a good record against The Blues in the Head to Head battle between these two teams. Sunderland have won 27 of 55 matches against Chelsea (scoring 106 goals) at The Stadium of Light, while The Blues have recorded 18 victories.
Loic Remy is going to miss the match against Sunderland. The Frenchman is suffering from a groin strain. However, he has only scored 1 goal this season.
Thibaut Courtois, who was sent off against Manchester City, missed the Blues last game. His suspension has now expired and he can be included in the starting eleven.
Kurt Zouma is the other injured player in Chelsea’s squad. The defender is going to miss all the remaining games for The Londoners.
All the Sunderland players are fit. Sam Allardyce is not expected to make any changes in his starting line-up, because the performance is good enough.
Quotes of the week
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) :
“We looked more nervous than we’ve ever done before.”
Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) :
“It’s always good to have experience with people with a good attitude.”
|Sunderland (4-1-4-1):||Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.|
|Subs||Lens, Watmore, Rodwell, O’Shea, Larsson, Jones, N’Doye.|
|Chelsea (4-2-3-1):||Courtois, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Matic, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard, Diego Costa.|
|Subs||Willian, Oscar, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Begovic, Kenedy, Baba.|
So far this season
|Sunderland this season||Chelsea this season|
|4 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (7)|
|3-0 vs. Newcastle and Norwich||Biggest win||5-1 vs. Newcastle|
|6 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||8 (4)|
|7 (10)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (6)|
|2-6 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Man City (twice)|
|Defoe (14)||Top scorer||Costa (11)|
|Johnson (5)||Assist Leader||Fabregas (7)|
|Y59, R2||Discipline||Y56, R4|
|12||Failures to score||8|
|19||Both Teams to Score Games||21|
|17||Over 2.5 Games||23|
|18||Under 2.5 Games||12|
- The Blues have only lost 2 of their last 19 Premier League games. However, The Blues have no chance of wining a Top 6 place.
- The Black Cats have failed to score in their last 3 Premiership matches at The Stadium of Light. But, Sunderland only lost 1 of these games.
- There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 6 of Sunderland’s last 7 league matches. They recorded 5 draws!
- Chelsea have recorded the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 5 of their last 6 games in The Premier League. The Blues only won 2 of these matches.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|19/12/15||The Premier League||Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland||B. Ivanović 5′|
|24/05/15||The Premier League||Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland||S. Fletcher 26′|
|29/11/14||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea||—|
|19/04/14||The Premier League||Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland||S. Eto’o 12′|
|17/12/13||The Capital One Cup||Sunderland (AET)2-1 Chelsea||L. Cattermole (OG) 46′|