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Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Lineups & Game Thread

Football-like substance may be included.

Darth Di Canio strikes fear into your heart
Darth Di Canio strikes fear into your heart
Ian MacNicol

Spring has sprung! Chelsea (and Delta) have even seen fit to entertain the match-going public with stilt walkers. Because all good football matches need a stilt walker or two, right?

And there's random crap like this, too. Sigh.

So, any actual football today? Maybe...

But first, a report from the frontlines, courtesy of Jonathan Wilson. Inverting the buffet spread!

Well hurray for that.


Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta | John Obi Mikel, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar | Demba Ba

Substitutes form: Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Marko Marin, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres

Sunderland starting lineup (4-4-1-1):
Simon Mignolet | Danny Rose, John O'Shea, Matt Kilgallon, Phil Bardsley | Adam Johnson, Alfred N'Diaye, Craig Gardner, Seb Larsson | Stephane Sessegnon | Connor Wickham

Substitutes from: Keiren Westwood, Danny Graham, Jack Colback, James McClean, Kader Mangane, Mikael Mandron, Jordan Laidler

First choice lineup, with the statistically uber-superior defensive pairing, arguably the best pivot, and of course the Three Musketeers behind Demba. Let's do this.

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