Chelsea vs Sunderland by FP
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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