- Sunderland vs Chelsea

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Saturday 29 November 2014 | Stadium of Light | Kick-off 17:30

Sunderland
Sunderland
0 - 0
Chelsea
Chelsea

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at Stadium of Light on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 15:00. Due to live broadcasting on Sky Sports it has been moved to a new scheduled date Saturday 29 November 2014 at 17:30.

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Match preview

Adam Johnson wants Sunderland to keep up their fine record against the Barclays Premier League's big hitters when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.

Jose Mourinho's league leaders boast an imposing record of 10 wins from 12 unbeaten league matches this season as they prepare to face a team that dealt a body blow to their title aspirations last term.

Fighting a seemingly improbable yet ultimately successful battle against relegation, Sunderland came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in April and end Mourinho's remarkable record of 77 BPL home matches without defeat across his two spells in west London.

Champions Manchester City follow Chelsea to the north east having lost 1-0 on each of their previous four visits to Sunderland and Johnson is relishing an electric atmosphere under the floodlights on Wearside over the coming week.

"Evening winter matches in the Premier League are always special," he told Sunderland's website. "There is always a little extra in them and it is great to play at night at the Stadium of Light, especially against the teams at the top of the league.

"It's going to be a difficult game against Chelsea but we've been strong and we have always done well against the big teams, so hopefully that will continue. We got massive wins against the top teams last season when we needed them, so if we can carry that momentum and pick up points it would be great for us."

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet could be boosted by the return of Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates as they continue to build their fitness following respective knee and thigh injuries.

Coates was named in the squad for last weekend's goalless draw at Leicester City and Poyet concedes it has been a frustrating time for the South American duo since moving to Sunderland during the close season.

"Ricky trained on Tuesday, which is great for us, and he is desperate to play because that type of player cannot see himself outside, so he suffers when he cannot train and sees the team playing," added the former Chelsea player. "It has been terrible for Sebastian because he has come into a new club as a Uruguayan with a Uruguayan manager, so there is always a kind of double responsibility."

Chelsea took their imperious form to the continent on Wednesday night, beating Schalke 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Top scorer Diego Costa took a knock to the leg and was substituted after 66 minutes in Gelsenkirchen but is expected to face Sunderland.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has matched Costa's impact at Stamford Bridge since the pair's high-profile moves from La Liga and the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man believes the variety and quality in Chelsea's play at the moment is central to their success.

"The most important thing is we know what we are doing - when we can defend, when we have to attack, when we have to slow the pace and go quicker. Right now we are doing that very well," Fabregas told the Chelsea website.

Sunderland (from): Mannone, Pantilimon, Brown, Coates, O'Shea, Reveillere, Vergini, Alvarez, Bridcutt, Buckley, Cabral, Cattermole, Gomez, Johnson, Larsson, Mavrias, Rodwell, Altidore, Fletcher, Wickham.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Courtois, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Christensen, Filipe, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Salah, Willian, Costa, Drogba, Remy, Schurrle, Solanke.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Kevin Friend Assistants: S Child, A Garratt Fourth Official: L Mason

Match Facts
There have been 53 goals scored in the last 12 Barclays Premier League matches between these two teams, including 29 in the last six at the Stadium of Light.
The opening 20 minutes of the last 10 Barclays Premier League matches between Chelsea and Sunderland have seen 12 goals scored.

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

0 - 0 v Leicester (A) 22 Nov 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Everton (H) 09 Nov 2014

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 03 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Arsenal (H) 25 Oct 2014

lost

8 - 0 v Southampton (A) 18 Oct 2014

won

3 - 1 v Stoke (H) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 03 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Arsenal (H) 25 Oct 2014

Sunderland club profile

Current form

Last six matches

won

2 - 0 v West Brom (H) 22 Nov 2014

won

1 - 2 v Liverpool (A) 08 Nov 2014

won

2 - 1 v QPR (H) 01 Nov 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Man Utd (A) 26 Oct 2014

won

1 - 2 v Crystal Palace (A) 18 Oct 2014

won

2 - 0 v Arsenal (H) 05 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 0 v West Brom (H) 22 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Sunderland (H) 19 Apr 2014

Chelsea club profile

Last corresponding meeting

Sunderland Chelsea

Wed 04 Dec 2013 | Stadium of Light | Attendance: 40,652

Sunderland 3 - 4 Chelsea
  • Jozy Altidore (14)
  • John O'Shea (50)
  • Phil Bardsley (86)
  • Frank Lampard (17)
  • Eden Hazard (36, 62)
  • Phil Bardsley (84 OG)
  Possession
Sunderland 44%
Chelsea 56%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Sunderland 3 4
Chelsea 5 11
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Sunderland 15 4 0
Chelsea 14 3 0
Total 29 7 0
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Fixture change history

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Sat 29 Nov 2014 15:00 Sat 29 Nov 2014 17:30 Live broadcasting on Sky Sports

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