Sunderland vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on December 7, 2012

Stadium of Light

Chelsea play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon looking to close the gap on the top two.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez will be hoping to secure his first Premier League win since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo last month, having registered two draws and a defeat in his three games in charge so far.

The Spaniard did taste victory in midweek as Chelsea beat Nordsjaelland 6-1 on Wednesday, however despite the impressive win the Blues crashed out the Champions League at the group stages becoming the first defending champions to fail to reach the last 16 in the competitions history.

Their poor recent run in the league has seen Chelsea slip to third place, level on points with Tottenham and West Brom, so defeat could see the West Londoners drop to sixth by the end of the weekend if results don’t go their way.

However, Sunderland are in desperate form themsleves having won just two of their last 22 matches and the Blues have won 14 of their last 15 encounters with the Black Cats.

Team News

Sunderland are sweating on the fitness of top marksman Steven Fletcher after the Scot was forced off at half time during last weekend’s defeat to Norwich, but the striker is expected to overcome his ankle injury to face Chelsea on Saturday.

Defender John O’Shea is also a major doubt with a calf injury but may only be fit for a place on the bench, but captain Lee Catermole is facing another two months on the sidelines with damaged knee ligaments.

Chelsea welcome back Frank Lampard who has recovered from a calf problem but may only be on the bench. Striker Daniel Sturridge remains out with a hamstring problem while John Terry is also missing with a knee injury that has kept him out for nearly a month.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel will start his three-game ban so Oriol Romeu is likely to step in alongside Ramires in midfield.

Likely Line-ups

football formations

Predicted Score

Chelsea’s record against Sunderland is excellent in recent years and with Martin O’Neill’s men on a poor run of late, we can see the Blues edging this one. Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea.

What would your team be and what’s your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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16 Comments

  1. Abdul waheed

    December 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Chelsea can still be come the best among the best

  2. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    December 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Best among the best may be, but that of champions leagu is too poor

  3. davison

    December 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Chelsea will surely win 2mao

  4. davison

    December 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Chelsea will surely win 2mao nd fernanda Torres will score a brace

  5. davison

    December 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    fernanda Torres will score a brace

  6. Richard Tommy

    December 8, 2012 at 3:28 am

    A true fan is d one who stand by his team irrespective of d circumstance d team finds themselves. Yes, droping out of champions League may turn-out to be a blessing in disguise cuz If they can win d EUROPA LEAGUE and concentrate fully to win other other domestic trophies it may heal d wounds of champions League exit. The other remaining two English two representatives we wish them well but let’s see how they will fair in d knockout stages of the competition. Chelsea will certainly pick up and stand to be counted. BLUE REMAIN D COLOUR OF MY BLOOD FOREVER. RICHY TOMMY – RUMUODARA, PHC.

  7. Bface

    December 8, 2012 at 4:10 am

    2day’s match a must win 4 chelsea. I wish marin could start while hazard rest 4 d club world cup.

  8. richard. oluwatosin

    December 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

    4 m oooooo, I always believe dat blue is stiled D colour, I love D blue, and my blood is blue, and with D caliber or d talented player we hv, am very sure dat dis team is going 2 progress 4 sure!

  9. mcnumec

    December 8, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Its a win for my club chelsea. We have to get over the champions league exit cos i know a lot of club celebrated our exit but i know we can concetrate on the Europa and possibly if we can win it. At this point the league is our topmost priority so we don’t fall out of champions league spot for next season.

  10. Ola

    December 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Victory is all wish my dear club today. Sunderland 0-3 Torres. Good luck Blues…

  11. Abolarin oluwafemi

    December 8, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Chelsea are going to win by sunderland 1-3 chelsea all is well

  12. Uche

    December 8, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Our 2days match na sure winning we are still gonna make it UP BLUES! UP FANS!! UP CHELSEA

  13. Harry

    December 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

    d blues will certainly bounce bak,d 1st defendin champion nt 2 make it 2 d knockout stage wil later b d1st team dat wil win it bak 2 bak.up bluesssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  14. jazuliibrahim

    December 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Morin or lampard should be on romeu position

  15. Mike

    December 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

    @onos poor????
    We level up with shaktar in ten point then top them with one goal…………….
    And u are there saying very poor?
    If that is what is in ur mind then u have to off ur shoe to go and score the goal that was very easy!!!!

    RUBISH

  16. Primus

    December 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Its not about winning,its about winning comprehensively.

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