Entries in Sunderland (17)
Chelsea will start the weekend in 6th place, but know that any kind of win would put them back into fifth, and could put them within two points of a Champions League place, should London rivals Spurs or Arsenal lose.
Not a lot of goals at all this weekend, with most teams winning by the odd strike.
Two of Chelseas biggest challengers for third and fourth place, Arsenal and Newcastle, battle it out on Monday, while they play in one of only four Saturday 3 o’clock kick-offs, giving them the chance to put pressure on their fellow Londoners with a victory over Stoke City. Liverpool travel up to the Stadium of Light, and Spurs take on Everton in the late kick-off.
Sturridge and Malouda were passed fit enough to be on the bench so Ramires again took on the right-side-of-the-attack duties. The defence was unchanged for a third game. Michael Essien, out since the first week of pre-season, was back among the subs.
After a shocking end to 2011, Chelsea have managed to start 2012 with two wins and they will be keen to make it three out of three against Sunderland.
I went to ‘hit the sales’ at Sports Direct in midweek – classy, I know – and at the entrance of the store was a variety of calendars; and low and behold, there, at the front, was a Fernando Torres one (fully clothed and in a Chelsea/Spanish kit I must add). With the reduced price of £1 I thought that was a decent snap-up, until the sight of some shiny boots took my eye and I wondered off.
Chelsea continue their Premier League campaign on Saturday by welcoming Sunderland to Stamford Bridge.
Saturday’s victory over Premier League strugglers Sunderland proved that this season there is going to be a focus on young and exciting players who are ready to take the place of the stars that have been so comfortable for so many years.
It was three wins in a row for Chelsea as John Terry and Daniel Sturridge were on the score sheet in the 2-1 win.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has said that he had no plans to let Daniel Sturridge go out on loan again this season.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is delighted to be back in the starting line-up against Sunderland, especially as he was expected to miss most of September.
Sometimes, the scoreline doesn’t actually reflect what happened in the match and today was one of those for Chelsea, the Blues thoroughly dominated the game came and finished eventual winners in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland courtesy of two fantastic goals from John Terry and young Daniel Sturridge.
The only way I can explain the difference between Hilario and Cech is by likening Hilario to water and Cech to orange juice. Water and orange juice are both good for you, but drinking water immediately after orange juice leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.