Chelsea vs Sunderland by FP

Chelsea
VS
Sunderland
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that his players were betraying him after their performance in the 2-1 defeat to top of the table Leicester City on Monday night. He has a point as a handful of players are clearly not anywhere near the level they are capable of performing at.

 

As much as Chelsea are in trouble, their performances are slowly improving week on week, some of his players are showing signs of a return to form and surely it is only a matter of time before they get a few wins on the board and climb back into the top half of the table. Most teams would find travelling to the King Power Stadium to face an in form Leicester City team a tough challenge and Chelsea put in a half decent performance overall. They controlled possession – Chelsea had 65% to Leicesters 35% and had more shots on goal than the home team. The problem was that Leicester's players played more directly when they had the ball and always looked dangerous, whereas Chelsea either played a safe sideways pass or a long ball up front to Diego Costa ,who was often seen out on the wing leaving nobody in a central position for Mourinho’s men. Chelsea looked much better with the introduction of fellow striker Loic Remy who does get himself into those dangerous positions and attacks the ball from crosses.

 

In a way, Sunderland are the ideal team for Chelsea to be playing at this time. Away from home they tend to offer little attacking threat – although they did beat Crystal Palace 1-0 a few weeks ago they do not score many goals away from home and concede often. Sam Allardyce has overseen an improvement for Sunderland but still has a long way to go as his team sit second bottom of the league in 19th place, with just three wins from 16 games. Away from the Stadium of Light they have six defeats, one draw and one win from their eight Premier League games.

 

Mourinho will be sweating on the fitness of the under performing Eden Hazard for the visit of the black cats, with Pedro likely to replace him after an energetic appearance against Leicester. John Terry was substituted for Fabregas just after half time in that match but is likely to keep his starting position as Sunderland's forwards are unlikely to cause him too many problems with their pace. Defoe, Fletcher and Watmore are not really known for a burst of speed and are more goal poachers, most effective when inside the six yard box.

 

Assuming Mourinho is still in charge for this match this looks like being the crunch game where his position will be determined, for the short term at least. If Chelsea win then he will have some ammunition to persuade Roman Abramovic to keep him on, but if they fail to win then surely he will be saying his goodbyes.

 

For me, considering what is at stake, his team will get the three points here at Stamford Bridge. I also think that they will be all out for an early goal to settle the nerves – if it is level at half time then the pressure will start getting to the Chelsea players. The betting proposition here is Chelsea to be winning at half time and full time.

 

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Comments (16)
ken
Get real mate.sunderland is going to win
12/16/2015 - 15:11
css
blind british people
12/16/2015 - 15:29
FP
Thanks for the feedback, I know my view on the match is different to most! Even with the poor standard Chelsea have been playing at I just can't see Sunderland having enough about them to win away from home. A lot of teams in the Premier League would win away at Chelsea but I don't think Sunderland are one of them. Time will tell
12/16/2015 - 18:26
Sanoj
ken and css - bloody noobs!

Such statements are pathetic - unless you elaborate on them - thanks in advance.

Sanoj
12/16/2015 - 19:16
jaemz
good review FP. chelsea defeated Kiev and porto at the bridge scoring two goals in the process. i think a chelsea win and over 1.5 mgs. Or maybe -1. will make up my mind wen i see the team sheet.
12/16/2015 - 23:56
FP
Thanks for the support both. Agree Jaemz - minus one goal on the handicap could prove to be a good bet. I'm a bit worried with the noise regarding Mourinho though as its a different story if he gets fired before the game.
12/17/2015 - 02:07
Frederik
Good match FP. I agree this is the time for chelsea to win in the league. I will bet on chelsea when handicap down.
12/17/2015 - 08:41
FP
Not so confident now Jose has gone! Still I suppose the players will be keen to impress the incoming manager
12/17/2015 - 19:27
jaemz
If football stats prove true, its been shown that clubs with a managerial change always perform better. peterborough, burton albion when they brought in hasslebaink, chelsea when they brought in hiddink, grant and matteo. still think i will cover the -1 handicap. mourinho just wasnt motivational enough to the players. and also his decision not to change tactics and lineups cos him his job.
12/18/2015 - 12:04
Hassy
The only thing that cost Jose his job are a bunch of spoilt, jumped up players.
12/18/2015 - 12:41
jc44
Merci pour tes bons conseils FP.Je te suis souvent et c'est rentable.Je pense que Chelsea peut le faire HT et FT.
12/18/2015 - 18:17
alex
sam allardyce will park the bus and managerless chelsea wouldnt break down 0:0.
12/19/2015 - 00:03
CFL
"This is not the time to bet on Chelsea" I hear many say. According to me, this is the absolute best situation. Statistics show that teams with new (?) coach, however, in this case on Saturday without a coach. Doing very well. Sunderland are useless this year, Chelsea likewise. But Chelsea will gain new energy now that Jose is gone. And I am convinced that Chelsea will take 3 points and the lead in half. 1.80 HT Chelsea.
12/19/2015 - 02:25
groom lake
Agree with Hassy
12/19/2015 - 04:18
CFL
i told you!
12/19/2015 - 19:14
FP
Hope you were all on
12/19/2015 - 20:58
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