Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Lineups & Game Thread

Stu Forster

The journey to Premier League glory begins here.

You want greatest-ness? Then a win today is required.

Sunderland at Stamford Bridge appears, at least on the surface, to be the easiest of Chelsea's four remaining Premier League fixtures. However, try using that type of logic around Manchester City, who basically flushed away their title ambitions (at least we think they did) against this seemingly hapless motley crew led by Gus Poyet in midweek. Hell, Sunderland should have won the match.

Focus is thus required. So, too, is swashbuckling lethality. I'm afraid more profligacy in front of goal will result in - well, let's not even discuss the possibility.

Of note: Petr Cech picked up a virus this week (presumably not Heartbleed) and as such, is not in the matchday squad. That means Mark Schwarzenegger gets the call and, in turn, becomes the oldest ever Chelsea player to get a game. Watch out now.

Chelsea Starting XI (4-2-3-1)

Mark Schwarzer; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; Ramires, Nemanja Matic; Willian, Oscar, Mohamed Salah; Samuel Eto'o.

CFC bench: Hilario, David Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Andre Schurrle, Demba Ba.

Sunderland Starting XI (4-4-2)

Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.

SAFC bench: Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Scocco, Mavrias, Ustari.

#UpTheChels

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