Chelsea took on Sunderland in premier league game on Wednesday night at Stadium of light. They had a wonderful oppertunity of going 6 points clear at top of the table if they could secure all three points and they started stronger and got the breakthrough just before the half time thanks to goal from Cesc Fabregas in 40th minute. Sunderland however were always in the game and Chelsea had alot to do if they were to get all three points.
Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland Highlights
[ Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
40′ 0 – 1 Cesc Fabregas scores for Chelsea just before the half time to make it 1-0 and stretch their lead at top of the table to 6 points.
Sunderland vs Chelsea – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2016 – Kickoff: 19:45 uk time
Venue: Stadium of light, Sunderland
TV Chanenls: no tv coverage in uk, NBC stream (US), beIN SPORTS (middle-east)
Last time these two meet was back in May 2016 when Sunderland came from 2-1 down to win the game 3-2 with Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe scoring towards the end of the game. However this Chelsea side is a total different animal who will be hoping to stretch their lead at top of the table to six points as Arsenal lost their chance to go level on points.
Team News & Lineups: Guus Hiddink has been confirmed as Chelsea manager till the end of the season and he has a massive task to get Chelsea out of the relegation battle they currently finds themselves. Chelsea has couple of massive months ahead and more than anything else some of the rebel players need to take responsibility moving towards the end of the season.
Sunderland on the other hand currently sitting second from bottom with 12 points, just 3 behind Chelsea and if they can get a result at Stamford Bridge they have a chance to get out of relegation zone. Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard who limped off in the 2-1 defeat against Leciester which means Costa, Willian, Oscar and Pedro set to start in attacking roles. West Ham will be without Sebastian Larsson but they can have first choice center back Younes Kabou back in the starting lineup after missing out couple of weeks.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday and this game will be more talked about this weekend no matter what the results are in other matches.
Predictions: For neutrals it might be a game where another Chelsea defeat might put them right in the bottom three if other result go in the same direction. Although unlikely to happen because reputations of some big name players are at stake and we might see a reaction from Chelsea squad. I am going with a 2-1 win for Chelsea with Costa finally starting scoring.
Chelsea visited stadium of light as they took on Sunderland in the premier league game this Saturday, 07 May 2016 with Sam Allerdyce team looking for three points in their bid to stay in the premier league for another season. However things started off badly for homeside as Diego Costa put Chelsea 1-0 up with a neat finish but Khazri scored the equalizer for Sunderland just when it looked like homeside started to get back in the game Chelsea scored against at the stroke of half time through Namanja Matic. Sunderland struck back after the break with Fabio Borini scoring to make it 2-2 on the day.
Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea Highlights
[Premier League Match, Saturday, 07 May 2016 ]
14′ 0 – 1 Diego Costa put Chelsea 1-0 up inside 15 minutes with a superb finish.
41′ 1 – 1 Wahbi Khazri produced a stunning volley just before the break to bring Sunderland back in the game.
45′ 1 – 2 Nemanja Matic was put through on goal and he scored with a low left footed strike to bring Chelsea back in the lead just before the break.
67′ 2 – 2 Fabio Borini
70′ 3 – 2 Jermain Defoe
Chelsea were rampant in their first league game after Mourinho’s sack as they scored two early goals against Sunderland to build a comfortable 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge, Oscar added the third after break through penalty. Sunderland did score one but it was enough to get them back into the match.