Last season it looked like Sunderland were doomed for relegation. The club had struggled at the start of the season under Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet struggled at first to implement his plans at The Stadium of Light.
But in time they started to come good and the catalyst was undoubtedly their victory at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
Connor Wickham was the hero as Sunderland ended Jose Mourinho's incredible home record as Chelsea boss and they went on to perform a miracle, surviving relegation from the Premier League.
This weekend Sunderland welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light. Once again they are the overwhelming underdogs.
The Black Cats again look like a team destined to struggle this campaign. Chelsea on the other hand look unbeatable.
They defeated Schalke 5-0 away in the Champions League in midweek and sit top of the Premier League table, undefeated.
However Seb Larsson is ready to shock Chelsea once again.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo the Swede, who will face former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas, has stated:
“That win was a massive one. I can’t remember where we ended up in the table afterwards, but I do remember the feeling in the dressing room afterwards.
“A lot of us thought we were going to do it then and stay up.
“Let’s try to make it two in a row. They have just thrashed Schalke 5-0 away from home, so we know what we’re up against. But, at the same time, we know we’re capable. Let’s have a right good go and see what we can do.
“You enjoy these games. Yes, of course, some sort of pressure is taken off you, but we’ve taken points off them before. I don’t think many of the top teams fancy coming to the Stadium of Light because, if we can get the crowd behind us, we’ll give them a tough afternoon.
“But we’ve got to play absolutely 100 per cent to take anything off Chelsea.”
Sunderland fans will hope that Larsson and co are at 100 per cent for the game, because Chelsea will punish them otherwise.