Sunderland proved an unlikely party pooper in the title race midweek, taking an unlikely 2 points of Manchester City, so they’ll be feeling buoyed up for their trip to Stamford Bridge this evening.
A Chelsea side undeterred by a seismic defeat as City were, though, is an entirely different prospect.
While the Black Cats have become something of a bogey team for Man City, it’s an entirely different story with the Blues.
Chelsea have won their last six Premier League games, home and away, against Sunderland, and it’s really hard to look beyond a repeat result today.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Salah, Ba/Eto’o
Sunderland: Mannone; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Alonso; Cattermole, Larsson; Johnson, Borini, Colback; Wickham
Some essential facts to help with online betting: (via Sporting Preview)
The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
All 11 of Samuel Eto’o’s goals for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have conceded only nine times at home this season, fewer than any other side, and are the only unbeaten home team in the top four English divisions this season.
Only WBA have scored more than once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.
Top scorers (all competitions): Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 17; Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 10