- Chelsea vs Sunderland

Saturday 19 April 2014 | Stamford Bridge | Kick-off 17:30

Chelsea
Chelsea
0 - 0
Sunderland
Sunderland

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 20 April 2014 at 14:05. Due to Chelsea's participation in the Champions League Semi-Finals the following Tuesday. This match will remain live on Sky Sports, it has been moved to a new scheduled date Saturday 19 April 2014 at 17:30.

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Gus Poyet returns to former club Chelsea on Saturday hoping Sunderland can build on Wednesday's morale-boosting 2-2 draw at Manchester City.

The Uruguayan spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 1997 and 2001, and became a cult hero for his rampaging runs and goalscoring exploits from midfield.

Sunderland did Jose Mourinho's Chelsea a huge favour in the title race by holding Man City at the Etihad Stadium in midweek, with the Barclays Premier League's bottom club only denied a crucial three points two minutes from time when a Samir Nasri effort squirmed past keeper Vito Mannone.

Head coach Poyet was encouraged by his side's showing in Manchester, which halted a run of five straight defeats, and hopes it will give them a boost heading into this weekend.

"It was an excellent performance by us against City," he said. "It's the sort of performance which is going to give us that word that I absolutely hate - which is 'confidence'.

"I don't like using that word that, but it is true. Given as well as we played against City, it will give us a bit of hope against Chelsea this weekend.

"I think now the players will believe they might get something."

Despite Wednesday's hard-earned draw, Sunderland remain at the foot of the table, six points from safety with five games remaining.

And Poyet will expect no goodwill from his former employers at the weekend, with Chelsea embroiled in a three-way fight for the title along with Liverpool and Man City.

Mourinho's team can up the pressure on leaders Liverpool with a win, as that would take them top of the table for at least a day with Liverpool visiting Norwich City on Sunday.

After surprise defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Chelsea have recovered well, recording victories over Stoke City and Swansea City in their last two outings.

With four matches to go, and a potential title decider at Anfield next weekend, Mourinho knows his side can ill-afford any more slip-ups if they are to claim a fourth Premier League crown.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard may miss out again, after he was sidelined for the trip to Swansea following his withdrawal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Paris-Saint Germain due to a calf problem.

For Sunderland, Phil Bardsley (suspended) and Ki Sung-Yueng (tendonitis) are both definitely out.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt was absent from the draw at the Etihad Stadium due to personal reasons, while Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Carlos Cuellar (knock) remain doubtful.

Chelsea from: Blackman, Cech, Hilario, Schwarzer, Ake, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Cole, Ivanovic, Kalas, Luiz, Terry, Hazard, Lampard, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Van Ginkel, Salah, Willian, Ba, Eto’o, Schurrle, Torres.

Sunderland from: Mannone, Pickford, Westwood, Ustari, Alonso, Brown, Celustka, Cuellar, Dossena, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Ba, Bridcutt, Cattermole, Colback, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Mavrias, Altidore, Borini, Fletcher, Scocco, Wickham.

Manager press conferences to follow.

Match Appointments
Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: J Collin, S Burt. Fourth Official: P Dowd.

Current form

Last six matches

won

0 - 1 v Swansea (A) 13 Apr 2014

won

3 - 0 v Stoke (H) 05 Apr 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 29 Mar 2014

won

6 - 0 v Arsenal (H) 22 Mar 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Aston Villa (A) 15 Mar 2014

won

4 - 0 v Spurs (H) 08 Mar 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v Swansea (A) 13 Apr 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 29 Mar 2014

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

2 - 2 v Man City (A) 16 Apr 2014

lost

0 - 1 v Everton (H) 12 Apr 2014

lost

5 - 1 v Spurs (A) 07 Apr 2014

lost

1 - 2 v West Ham (H) 31 Mar 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 26 Mar 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Norwich (A) 22 Mar 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 3 v Newcastle (A) 01 Feb 2014

lost

0 - 1 v Everton (H) 12 Apr 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Chelsea Sunderland

Sun 07 Apr 2013 | Stamford Bridge | Attendance: 41,500

Chelsea 2 - 1 Sunderland
  • Matthew Kilgallon (47 OG)
  • Branislav Ivanovic (55)
  • César Azpilicueta (45 OG)
  Possession
Chelsea 61%
Sunderland 39%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Chelsea 3 7
Sunderland 0 6
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Chelsea 9 0 0
Sunderland 16 2 0
Total 25 2 0
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Fixture change history

Changed from To Reason for change
Sun 20 Apr 2014 14:05 Sat 19 Apr 2014 17:30 Chelsea's participation in the Champions League Semi-Finals the following Tuesday. This match will remain live on Sky Sports,
Sat 19 Apr 2014 15:00 Sun 20 Apr 2014 14:05 Live broadcasting on Sky Sports. This match is subject to movement dependent upon the participation of Premier League Clubs in the Champions League the following midweek.

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