With yesterday’s incredible deadline deals still fresh in the memory, focus shifts to the main course of Premiership football.
Neither of yesterday’s signings will be available to play this evening, and with the departure of those out on loan too, it means the squad may be a little stretched for the journey north and we may see some newer names on the bench.
Sunderland served up a shock last time around, recording a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge back in November, back when we were clear at the top of the league, in what was the first match of our recent record slump.
Chelsea showed a convincing return to form in their last league outing, hitting four goals to beat Bolton at the Reebok. They have the best defensive record in the league too, thanks in part to goalkeeper Petr Cech’s magnificent form.
We thankfully produced a convincing return to form last match, notching four goals against Bolton at the Reebok and would hope that continues this evening. With a return to goalscoring form, we must hope that our defensive performances continue to shine, and that Petr Cech extends this seasons magnificent form.
Expected team: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba.
Kick off: 19:45