Chelsea starting eleven: Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba
Sunderland starting eleven: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O’Shea (c), Kilgallon, N’Diaye, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Wickham
Chelsea subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Lampard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres
Sunderland subs: Westwood, Graham, Colback, McClean, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler
Rafa Benitez will rotate his side again as they play their fourth match in eight days, with the Spanish manager looking to reclaim a place in the top four having dropped behind Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the past week. Wins over Manchester United and Rubin Kazan in the cups give Chelsea a real chance of a double this season, but the gloss will be taken off any trophies if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Paolo Di Canio takes charge for his first game at Sunderland, with the Black Cats in desperate need of a change in their form if they are going to stay in the division this season. Today’s match at Chelsea is followed by a trip to face rivals Newcastle United, and Di Canio will need to have a real impact on the team to get off to a good start in his new job.
Chelsea won the return fixture 3-1, but what is your prediction for today’s match?
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