CONFIRMED: Chelsea & Sunderland line-ups

Chelsea Stadium Stamford Bridge

Here is how Chelsea and Sunderland will line up for this afternoon’s match at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea starting XI: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Salah, Eto'o

Subs: Hilario, Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Torres, Schurrle, Ba

Sunderland starting XI: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Borini, Wickham

Subs: Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Scocco, Mavrias, Ustari

Chelsea are the only one of the current top-five in the Premier League to be playing today, which will be seen as an advantage if they win and anything but if they slip up at home to Sunderland.

Eden Hazard is missing for Jose Mourinho’s side while the Black Cats have no fresh injury concerns after their draw at Manchester City last time out.

Despite that impressive point, Gus Poyet’s side are still marooned at the bottom of the table and they need a huge change of fortune to claw themselves out of danger with limited game-time remaining.

The Blues have won the last six league games between the two sides, and 17 of the last 18; while Sunderland have won only two of their 12 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.

With the best home record in the league this season, it would be quite a shock if Chelsea drop the points this evening that would see their title challenge all but over.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

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