Sunderland v Chelsea: Preview and projected lineups
Sunderland v Chelsea: Match facts and projected lineups
Sunderland remain at the bottom of the table with only eight points this season. Although they have secured seven points in their last five games, the Black Cats know that results will be the only way they can dig out of their hole.
Gus Poyet has done well to get his club back in a mindset where they know that winning is possible.
Jose Mourinho is expected once again to rotate some players in hopes of getting the most out of the depth of his club.
Injuries to David Luiz, Oscar and Samuel Eto'o will see Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres combine with Willian most likely in attack, or also potentially Andre Schurrle in place of one of the aformentioned.
Chelsea have won 16 of their last 17 meetings against Sunderland in all competitions making the Blues the major favorite in the match.
Gus Poyet is yet to loose at home at the helm of the Black Cats, however, Chelsea are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 Premier League matches.
Sunderland XI: Mannone; Bardsley, Brown, Roberge, Dossena; Sung-Yeung; Giaccherini, Larsson, Gardner, Borini; Fletcher.
Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Mata, Hazard; Torres.