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Sunderland vs Chelsea 1/2/11

Outcome?

  • Sunderland Win

    Votes: 10 30.3%
  • Draw

    Votes: 6 18.2%
  • Chelsea Win

    Votes: 17 51.5%

  • Total voters
    33
  • Poll closed .
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Venue: Stadium of Light - Sunderland - Newcastle
When: 1/2/2011 Kickoff: 19:30
Competition: Barclays Premier League

Sunderland Team News:
Steve Bruce has assembled a Sunderland side of considerable dynamism and creativity, with top scorers Asamoah Gyan and Darren Welbeck (presently injured) leading the line well.

The Mackems always look to press high up the pitch against Chelsea, and it was a ploy that worked well earlier this season. They have added to their midfield options with the recent signing of versatile Stephane Sessegnon, a former teammate of Claude Makelele at PSG.

Sulley Muntari is still waiting for a visa. The combative (often overly so) Lee Cattermole may return to action. If selected, Bolo Zenden will play against his old club. He made 59 appearances scoring four goals between 2001 and 2004 while at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Team News:
Chelsea will be fired up to remedy the sickness that a 0-3 home defeat by Sunderland three months ago helped set in. The squad was very depleted that day, with full-back Paulo Ferreira filling in in the centre. The switch backfired and Chelsea were loose all over the pitch, a series of errors and failures to close down gifting the impressive visitors.

Alex, Yuri Zhirkov and Yossi Benayoun remain out of contention, but the starting line-up has returned to something approaching full strength again. Neither of the new boys, David Luíz and Fernando Torres, will be available for selection, and Daniel Sturridge has departed on loan.

Yet Frank Lampard is finding his range again, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are finding the net again. Essien (another who missed Sunderland's visit) and Mikel are fit and Luíz's former Benfica teammate Ramires is showing why Carlo Ancelotti was so determined to sign the Brazil midfielder. His late, raking gallops and shot against the post very nearly earned a win at Goodison at the weekend.


Sunderland Stats and Milestones:
  • Sunderland's last major piece of silverware was the FA Cup in 1973 when Ian Porterfield scored the winner for the Second Division side against Leeds.
  • The Black Cats are unbeaten this year in the league and have won three and drawn one of their last four since their last defeat at home to Blackpool on 28 December.
  • They have the sixth best home record in the division with 23 points out of a possible 36 with wins against Man City, Aston Villa, Stoke, West Ham, Bolton and Blackburn, draws with Birmingham, Arsenal, Man Utd, Everton and Newcastle and just one defeat to Blackpool.
  • Sunderland have not lost a league game this season when opening the scoring and not won a match when their opposition scored first.
  • Only Arsenal (22), Man Utd (21), Man City (20) and Chelsea (19) have conceded fewer than Sunderland's 24 in the Barclays Premier League this term.
  • Sunderland have kept the most clean sheets together with Chelsea and Man City with 11. Goalkeeper duties have been shared between Simon Mignolet (six clean sheets in 12 games) and Craig Gordon (five in 12).
  • Jordan Henderson is the only player to have been ever present in the Premier League this term.
Chelsea Stats and Milestones:
  • Chelsea are on a run of three wins and a draw, scoring 14 goals and conceding one since the defeat at Wolves.
  • Chelsea are looking for back to back away league wins for the first time since their opening two away trips of the season at Wigan and West Ham.
  • No team has conceded fewer league goals than Chelsea's 19.
  • Ancelotti's men have won three of their last five Barclays Premier League games losing once at Wolves.
  • The Blues have the fifth best away record in the division with 15 points out of a possible 36 on their travels with victories at Wigan, West Ham, Blackburn and Bolton, draws at Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham and defeats to Man City, Liverpool, Birmingham, Arsenal and Wolves.
  • Chelsea have not lost a league game this season when opening the scoring.
  • The Blues have fallen behind in eight of their last 14 league games and only came back to win on one occasion - at Ewood Park against Blackburn in October.
Key Stat:
  • A quarter of Sunderland's 28 league goals this season have been scored in the 86th minute or later.


Head to Head:
Chelsea's Premier League record against Sunderland at Roker Park and the Stadium of Light is:
1996/97 Sunderland won 3-0
1999/00 Sunderland won 4-1
2000/01 Sunderland won 1-0
2001/02 Drew 0-0
2002/03 Chelsea won 2-1
2005/06 Chelsea won 2-1
2007/08 Chelsea won 1-0
2008/09 Chelsea won 3-2
2009/10 Chelsea won 3-1

Sunderland v Chelsea in all competitions
Games played 111
Chelsea wins 51
Sunderland wins 39
Draws 21

Head-to-head in the League at Roker Park and the Stadium of Light
Games played 53
Chelsea wins 16
Sunderland wins 28
Draws 9

Biggest league win at Sunderland for each team
Sunderland 4-0 Chelsea - 30/10/1909, 08/02/1913, 08/09/1934
Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea - 10/11/1956, 18/08/2009

Days Since:
Chelsea lost in the North East: 1,624
Sunderland beat Chelsea at the Stadium of Light: 3,763
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,083
Liverpool won a trophy: 1,726

---------- Post added at 11:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:59 PM ----------

Both teams have great defensive records so im going for a 0-0 draw.
 
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Ofc Chelsea will win... Even without the new players they are fired up now... and i doubt someone will be able to stop them now.
 

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Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Sunderland without Bent will struggle and Chelsea with the confidence of knowing Luiz and Torres can walk in will be full of confidence.
 
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trust me to go to the only goalless match between these two :L carlo cudicini saved a penalty that day though and I got to meet him afterwards xD
chelsea should edge this, drogba to show that he's as good as torres.
 
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Sunderland Squad:
Craig Gordon
Phill Bardsley
Kieron Richardson
Neduim Onuoha
Titas Bramble
Anton Ferdinand
Mohammad Elmohammady
Jordan Henderson
Steed Malbranque
Stephane Sessegnon
Asamoah Gyan

Subs:
Steven Minolet
Angeleri
John Mensah
Jack Colback
Cristian Riveros
Reed
Cook

Chelsea Squad:
Petr Cech
Jose Bosingwa
Branaslav Ivanovic
John Terry
Ashley Cole
Jon Obi Mikel
Michael Essien
Frank Lampard
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka
Salomon Kalou

Subs:
Ross Turnbull
Ramires
Florent Malouda
Josh McEachran
Jeffrey Bruma
Paulo Ferreira
Jacopo Sala
 
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I believe he is still awaiting a work permit mate.
 
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Lol.

Nando Torres, sit and admire son.
 

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Dear dear Chelsea, Torres better perform like he usually does if Chelsea want to win this year. Good start for Sunderland
 
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has anyone got a good link for the game? all the ones im finding are really bad quality :( thanks alot guys <3
 
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