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Chelsea v Sunderland: Match preview

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Chelsea host Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho and his men seek to go the summit of the Premier League and put the pressure on their title rivals.

Sunderland come into this match after picking up a well deserved point at Manchester City and Gus Poyet will hope that the confidence gained from that results will help them take all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho must shuffle his pack for this encounter as the Blues enter the defining stage of their campaign, with the league title still up for grabs and Champions League glory still possible. But Mourinho would want his charges to get the job done first against a Sunderland side who surprised many by coming away with a point from The Etihad.

That should serve as a warning to Chelsea that nothing in this league is an easy as it looks on paper. For his part Poyet will be hoping for more of the same when they take on a side who are undefeated at home in the league. With a game in hand over their rivals at the bottom, time is running out for Sunderland to secure a place in the Premier League for next season, and so points are increasingly crucial.

Injury Update:

Chelsea

Chelsea will still be without Hazard as he still recovers and he'll be a doubt for their Champions League showdown against Atletico Madrid also. While Marco van Ginkel is also doubtful (match fitness), Samuel Eto is back to full fitness and is back into consideration for a starting spot.

Sunderland

Carlos Cuellar (muscle injury) will undergo a late fitness test, while Ki Sung-Yueng, Steven Fletcher and Keiren Westwood all remain sidelined. Phil Bardsley will continue to serve his ban.

Key Stats:

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their last six Premier League home matches. The club record is nine, which was set in November 2010.

Lee Cattermole has scored one Premier League goal for every 66,8 fouls he has conceded.

The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction:

Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

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