Chelsea vs Sunderland Match Preview
Chelsea will finally get to lift the Premier League trophy on Sunday when the Blues host Sunderland in the club’s final match of the season.
Antonio Conte’s men became champions last Friday after Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal secured a 1-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The result meant Chelsea were able to play without any real pressure in their first game since winning the title when they hosted Watford on Monday night.
With celebrations taking place on the pitch after the entertaining 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are now expected to put on an even bigger show for their last match of the campaign against already-relegated Sunderland this weekend.
The Blues will then participate in the FA Cup final against Arsenal before conducting their official title parade a day later on Sunday 28 May to mark their success in the league, and potentially also in the Cup, in style.
As for David Moyes and his Black Cats, the visitors will be hoping to at least give their travelling supporters something to remember at the end of a tumultuous campaign. The final few games of the season have proved difficult tasks for Sunderland, having been relegated from the league as early as the end of last month.
Much has been debated surrounding the efforts of David Moyes and his charges this campaign, following a testing run that has seen them pick up just six wins from 37 games, alongside six draws and a problematic 25 defeats.
At times the Black Cats have shown glimpses of resistance, especially when Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe linked well together earlier in the season, although that proved far from enough to prevent Moyes and his men producing a muted slide towards the Championship.
Aside from lacklustre tactics and poor recruitment, most Sunderland fans will be frustrated at a number of players’ efforts, especially when considering that the Black Cats went on to produce a comfortable 2-0 victory away at fellow strugglers Hull City just one week after being sent down at home to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
The pressure will be straight back on a club the size of Sunderland’s to ensure a return into the league next season, and should Moyes remain as coach he will be hoping to at least leave travelling Cats fans with something to smile about on Sunday following a bleak season under his stewardship.
Conte will be aiming to keep his players fit ahead of the forthcoming FA Cup finale with the Gunners, but that may not prevent him from giving most of his title-winning side a run-out in their last home fixture.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains the club’s only doubt with a back issue, while Thibaut Courtois may stay on the sidelines following recent ankle troubles.
Sunderland are the side with more problematic injury news, given that Anichebe and Jason Denayer are likely to be missing following respective knocks.
Jan Kirchhoff, Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair are all long-term absences for Moyes, but both George Honeyman and Steven Pienaar could feature at some point.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Begovic; Zouma, Terry, Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Hazard, Batshuayi
Sunderland possible starting lineup: Pickford; Jones, O’Shea, Kone, Manquillo, Ndong, Cattermole, Larsson, Oviedo, Borini, Defoe
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 21st May, Sunday
Time: 15:00 GMT/ 19:30 IST
TV Coverage: Not be telecasted in UK, Star Sports Select HD 1(India)
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Head to Head
- Total Matches Played:- 127
- Chelsea won:- 60
- Sunderland won:- 42
- Matches Drawn:- 23