Sunderland defender Billy Jones seems to be relishing the prospect of facing league leaders Chelsea, despite the Black Cats returning to the foot of the table at the weekend, the Sunderland Echo reports.
Jones was part of the side that lost 3-0 at Swansea City which may have halted the momentum generated from three wins in the previous four games that put them within striking distance of climbing out of the drop zone.
Sunderland's Billy Jones in action with Swansea City's Modou Barrow
This week they host the league leaders who have won each of their last nine games - conceding just two goals in the process - but Jones feels it is an opportunity for Sunderland to show what they can do.
He is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “It’s a massive game. They are in really good form at the moment, they are a great team with great individuals.
“But it’s a brilliant chance for us to show the level we had previously been showing, that we have the teamwork and ethos to get the results we need.”
Not many will expect Sunderland to get anything from this game - with Chelsea hot favourites at 4/11 according to betting side Oddschecker.
Sunderland's Billy Jones takes a throw in front of David Moyes and Bob Bradley
The Black Cats will probably take heart from their memorable 3-2 victory of Chelsea last season which was a huge result in their successful battle to avoid relegation but they are facing a very different Chelsea side this time around.
But they have a degree of freedom going into this game knowing that if they get anything from the game it would be a major boost for them - and could approach the game in the mindset of feeling that Chelsea's winning run can't last forever, and may feel they can stop it.
It's a big task for David Moyes's side, but a response in terms of a good performance is a must after the weekend's disappointment.