Lineups from 1630
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea (c), Brown, Reveillere, Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham.
Subs: Mannone, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba
Sunderland v Chelsea
The season may not have even reached the “festive period” but in the spirit of Christmas some bookies have already paid out on Chelsea winning the League title.
This is their first fixture out of 8 in 34 days. A punishing fixture list.
Chelsea are settled and consistent and they showed mid-week in Europe that they are some outfit.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last ten visits to Sunderland. They have won nine of them.
The last time Sunderland beat them in a home fixture was a 1-0 win back in October 2000.
Having said that. The last team to beat Chelsea was Sunderland last season.
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