Saturday, December 19, 2015

Chelsea vs Sunderland - Competition: English Premier League 
It was the ninth league defeat of the season for the Blues, a loss that left Chelsea a staggering 20 points adrift of Claudio Ranieri's men at the top of the table and just one point above the drop zone. As consequence, Mourinho's second reign at Stamford Bridge was brought to an end on Thursday. The likes of Guus Hiddink, Juande Ramos and even Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the post on a temporary basis. Steve Holland is set to take control from the dug out.
The caretaker will hope to have Hazard fit and available this weekend as the Belgian limped off last time out adn did not train in midweek. Falcao is the only other fitness doubt for the Blues. Gary Cahill will hope to earn a recall in central defence, with Kurt Zouma and John Terry under threat. Cesc Fabregas is likely to be benched while Loic Remy offers cover for Diego Costa in attack.
Sunderland team claimed back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and Stoke City last month, but suffered defeats both to Arsenal and Watford in the last two fixtures. Although they still occupy a relegation spot, it's fair to say that the Black Cats have been much improved under Allardyce. They have conceded just five goals in their last five fixtures.
Big Sam, who has favoured a 3-4-3 formation in recent weeks, should be able to recall Younes Kaboul after he missed the defeat to Watford last weekend. DeAndre Yedlin and Patrick van Aanholt are expected starters in the 3-4-3 system, with Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher and Duncan Watmore up front. Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe are further options.
Chelsea team have won 18 and lost just two of their last 21 EPL clashes against Sunderland. The corresponding fixture last term saw the Blues record a 3-1 victory while the Black Cats did hold the champions-to-be to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light last November.

Chelsea last 5 matches:
24/11/15 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 – 4 Chelsea
29/11/15 Tottenham 0 – 0 Chelsea
05/12/15 Chelsea 0 – 1 Bournemouth
09/12/15 Chelsea 2 – 0 Porto
14/12/15 Leicester City 2 – 1 Chelsea

Sunderland last 5 matches:
07/11/15 Sunderland 0 – 1 Southampton
23/11/15 Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Sunderland
28/11/15 Sunderland 2 – 0 Stoke City
05/12/15 Arsenal 3 – 1 Sunderland
12/12/15 Sunderland 0 – 1 Watford

Date: 19 December 2015 - Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London 

 You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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