Stadium: Stadium of Light Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Time: 3pm (UK Time)
Our Blues head North East to face the black cats. Our Blues have switched off the lights at Sunderland with six wins in our last six visits. Anelka is our top threat against Sunderland with seven goals in five clashes. On paper, our game against Sunderland should be an easy win as Sunderland have lost their last three league games at home.
I believe any major threat from Sunderland will come from Bendtner. The self proclaimed best striker in the world, an arrogant bum wants to prove his critics wrong. Given nobody wanted to sign him on a permanent deal during the transfer window, Bendtner would want to give his best against us to attract interests from prestigious clubs. I don’t expect Asamoah Gyan to be on the pitch for Sunderland given the hamstring injury he picked up during international break.
I expect Sunderland to line up with a 4-4-1-1 formation tomorrow. Based on their previous games, transfer activity and injury situation I believe this will the Sunderland line up: Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, Bramble, Larsson, Elmohamady, Cattermole (C), Colback, Sessegnon, and Bendtner.
I expect our Blues to line up in a 4-3-3 formation. I believe this will be our lineup: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres and Mata. Although we signed Meireles, I don’t expect him to start right away; I expect him to make his Chelsea debut as a substitute. Luiz is available for selection tomorrow but given Sunderland are a tricky team; I believe Andre will stick to the steady Alex-Terry partnership.
Let’s hope for a good victory at Sunderland. I leave you with a video containing all the goals from our last trip there.
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