League leader Chelsea travels to bottom placed Sunderland on Wednesday, looking to continue their winning streak in quest of their first Premier League title under new manager Antonio Conte.
Chelsea is in a phenomenal form this season as the London giants have won their eighth consecutive Premier League games. With 37 points safely stuck into their pockets, the Blues are currently on the summit of the Premier League standings.
Conte’s Chelsea will try to replicate their brilliant displays on the recent games, and grab three points against struggling side, Sunderland.
Nothing could have gone more wrong for the Black Cats this season as they find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table. David Moyes’s team has failed to put on decent performances, which has left them with just 11 points from 15 games played so far.
However, Sunderland possesses the upper hand against leaders Chelsea when it comes to history. The Black Cats have won three out of their six matches against Chelsea, while the latter has bagged just two wins in the same number of endeavors.
Team News: Sunderland
Major concerns of injury reside on David Moyes’s team.
Englishmen Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole are ruled out of the match due to hamstring and back injuries, respectively.
Midfielders Ducan Watmore and Lyndon Gooch will also miss the clash against the league leaders due to their knee and ankle injuries, respectively.
Strikers Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe will lead the attack from the front for the Black Cats.
Sunderland: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Pickford — Jones, Kone, Van Aanholt — Ddilobodji, Denayer, Pienaar, Larsson, Ndong — Anichebe, Defoe
Team News: Chelsea
Injury concerns for Chelsea are relatively minor as only a few players are unfit ahead of the clash against Sunderland.
Captain John Terry is yet to recover from a muscle injury he picked up before the Spurs game, and he is expected to remain sidelined along with John Obi Mikel.
Kurt Zouma and Marco Van Ginkel have recovered from their injuries. However, they will be not in Antonio Conte’s starting lineup due to the lack of match fitness.
Attacking midfielder Oscar was ruled out of the match against West Brom due to an illness. He is doubtful for the selection against Sunderland as well.
One of the vital reasons for the Blues success this season is their consistency in starting XI. Antonio Conte seems to have found his perfect team, which is why he hasn’t rotated his team much. So, we expect no changes in the Chelsea team against Sunderland.
Chelsea: Predicted Line-up (3-4-3)
Courtois — Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta — Alonso, Kante, Matic, Moses — Pedro, Hazard, Costa.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea: Head-to-Head
Total games: 111
Sunderland wins: 55
Chelsea wins: 37
Sunderland vs. Chelsea: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on NBC Sports Live and Premier League Extra Time. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found at the link here.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea: Prediction
Chelsea, who is in excellent form recently, will look for a win on Wednesday as well. The Blues have won their eight successive league matches, and they look full of confidence after their 1-0 win over West Brom on the weekend.
Sunderland’s campaign this season has been sheer disappointing. Welcoming Chelsea at their home soil is going to be very difficult for the home side. Chelsea is sure to dominate the match, and it is likely that the result of the match will go in the Blues favor.
Chelsea is top favorite to win this tie.
Final Predicted Score. Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea
Sunderland vs. Chelsea: Betting Tips and Odds
- Sunderland Win: 27/10
- A draw:13/5
- Chelsea Win: 19/20
- Under 2.5 goals: 11/10
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/6
- Both teams score: 8/13
- Both teams fail to score: 6/5
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Sunderland has won only three out of their 15 Premier League matches so far.
- Sunderland has won three out of their last six matches against Chelsea.
- Chelsea is unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches.
- Chelsea has lost only two of their 15 Premier League matches so far.
- Chelsea has scored 21 goals in their last eight Premier League matches.
The Sunderland vs. Chelsea stats were provided by Soccerway.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea: Live Stream
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