Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(39) 33 Goals 48 (72)
(22) 18 Assists 42 (50)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 7 (6.7)
27.3 Average Age 27.1
180.8 Average Height (cm) 182.6
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 1.3 (1.2)
(45%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 52% (51%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.7)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Wes Brown Out N/A
Lee Cattermole Out 6.61
John O'Shea Doubtful 6.87
Steven Fletcher Doubtful 6.97
Player Reason Status Rating
John Terry Out 7.02
Daniel Sturridge Out 6.38
John Obi Mikel Out 6.7
Frank Lampard Doubtful 7.06

Team News

  • Steven Fletcher was forced off at half time in the loss at Carrow Road last week with an ankle injury, but he is likely to recover in time to start up front.
  • John O'Shea is stepping up his recovery from a calf injury and is back in training, but is unlikely to be back in the team just yet.
  • Lee Cattermole's knee injury looks set to rule him out for a couple of months, while Jack Colback could be back in central midfield after missing out against Norwich.
  • John Obi Mikel has been handed a 3 game for his part in the incident involving Mark Clattenberg in the Man Utd game on October 28. Oriol Romeu will come in to central midfield.
  • Frank Lampard might provide another option, having seemingly have overcome the worst of his calf injury, and could be back in contention to play here, though he is unlikely to start.
  • David Luiz returns from domestic suspension and could partner Gary Cahill at centre-back, with Branislav Ivanovic moving out to right-back, as they lined up against Nordsjaelland in midweek.
  • John Terry remains absent and Daniel Sturridge is also not ready to return.

Prediction

  • Sunderland's run of 1 win in their last 9 Premier League games has perfectly coincided with Steven Fletcher's goal drought, with the only goal he has scored in that run coming in Sunderland's only win (3-1 at Fulham).
  • Chelsea picked up their first win under Rafa Benitez in the Champions League in midweek, overcoming a rather poor FC Nordsjaelland side 6-1, though the win was in vein, with the Blues still failing to qualify for the knockout stages. The win will have boosted their confidence but the fans are getting increasingly frustrated at how their season is panning out.
  • Sunderland have been poor this season, and are precariously positioned just about the relegation zone. With Southampton playing Reading, Sunderland could well be in the drop zone by Saturday evening, unless they pick up a positive result here. Chelsea will know they need to win and will not be in the modd to show their opponents any sympathy.
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Comments (4)

 
  • Who knows, maybe Chelsea will be able to win even Europa League!

  • what??torres take penalty??what rafa think about..

  • majority torres goal receive from hazard..

  • Reckon chelsea could batter sunderland. 3 or 4 nil

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