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Preview: Chelsea vs Sunderland

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Chelsea will be raring to beat the Black Cats knowing that Manchester City's midweek slip-up means that the title is back in their hands. Sunderland...

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Chelsea v Sunderland - YOU pick the Chelsea starting eleven!

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Make no mistake, the game against Sunderland tomorrow is as big as any we have played this season. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this to pick the Chelsea eleven to face Sunderland.

Now we have some things to consider before you reach your verdict. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for the first leg against Atletico Madrid and as we know by now, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are both ineligible having already played for Basel and Benfica in the Champions League this season.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line up Against Sunderland

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Chelsea will take on Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking to reclaim the top position with a victory.

The title race has taken a new twist after Manchester City lost their ground, following their 2-2 draw with the Black Cats on Wednesday night.

Top five conclusions: Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

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1. It's advantage Liverpool and Chelsea After the Liverpool defeat, Manuel Pellegrini insisted that the title race was still open and he...

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Tactical Review: Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

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At the start of the game, there were some similarities between Manuel Pellegrini and Gus Poyet's positions despite them being at opposite ends...

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Sunderland Almost Did The Seemingly Impossible

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Sunderland looked doomed before last night's game at the Etihad Stadium and were 7 points from safety with only six games to play, and other sides fighting relegation Fulham and Cardiff had also won their games over the weekend. Connor Whickham - after scoring second goal last night And it looked ominous when [.

Premier League Title Race Is Down To Two

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Manchester City's title hopes are all but over after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland on Wednesday, while Everton's Champions League dreams hand by a thread after they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

City's title hopes were dealt a serious blow on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 at league leaders Liverpool.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Man City vs Sunderland & Everton vs Crystal Palace: Open Thread

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It's another chock-a-block day of world soccer today with three big games in Europe featuring el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona to decide who will win the 2014 Copa del Rey trophy.

Plus there are two matches in the Premier League where we have battles at the top and bottom of the league.

Newcastle In Turmoil – 11 Places Above Sunderland

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Sunderland are in real difficulties, and if they get nothing out of their game tonight at Manchester City, then it's very much looking like they will be relegated, because with just five games to go, they will still be 7 points from safety, and they then travel to Chelsea on Saturday. Gus Poyet unable [.

Preview: Manchester City vs Sunderland

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It is all about bouncing back for Manchester City after they lost a crucial six-pointer at Anfield. They have to take advantage of this game in hand...

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Top five conclusions: Sunderland 0-1 Everton

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1. Sunderland truly need a miracle Gus Poyet got his tactics right, most of his players worked hard enough to get something from the game but they...

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Tactical Review: Sunderland 0-1 Everton

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This was a game that relied heavily on what was happening in the wide areas. Sunderland have been poor in those areas in recent weeks, while Everton...

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Preview: Sunderland vs Everton

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has always been open about his ambition to upset the odds and take the club into top four. Last week's win against Arsenal put the Toffees' Champions League qualification destiny back in their hands. They visit a Sunderland side that also need to win this game if they are to stay [.

Altidore’s nightmare season at Sunderland hits bottom, leading to the question “What’s next?”

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With a month left in the English Premier League season, the final verdict on Jozy Altidore's first (and potentially only) season at Sunderland can be issued.

Even if he somehow climbs out of Gus Poyet's doghouse, and earns some playing time, and even finds a goal for the first time in 2014, Altidore will find it difficult to avoid his first season at Sunderland being called anything but a failure.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule for the match being shown in the US:

Tottenham vs Sunderland, 3pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Tottenham:Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane

Subs:Friedel, Fryers, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Townsend

Sunderland:Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown (c), Cuellar, Vergini, Ki, Bridcutt, Cattermole, Johnson, Borini.

Sunderland Stung For Fielding Ineligible Player As Gus Poyet’s 2010 Sabre-Rattling Rant Comes Back To Haunt Him

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By Chris Wright

No doubt you've heard by now that Sunderland have been fined for fielding an illegible player back at the start of the season, with Ji Dong-Won playing five times for the Black Cats despite not actually being internationally cleared to do so.

Ji, who has since moved to Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season ahead of an already agreed summer transfer to Borussia Dortmund, played in four Premier League ties (three defeats and a draw) and one Carling Cup game for Sunderland back in October though the club were later fined by the Premier League after it came to light anadministrative error meant the South Korean striker didn't have the necessary paperwork to play.

Sunderland vs West Ham United, Premier League Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Sunderland keep on running out of chances to try to mount a campaign to avoid relegation. West Ham United, on the other hand, need a win to guarantee safety, so you would think that this one will end up a close win for Sunderland, but with the inconsistent performances of the Black Cats this season, who knows?

Gus Poyet Analyzes Why Jozy Altidore Has Flopped at Sunderland: Nightly Soccer Report

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At this stage of Jozy Altidore's second season in the Premier League, you have to ponder which of his spells were worse — his season at Hull City or this current season with Sunderland. The young American striker has only scored one goal in the league for the Black Cats.

Up until this point, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been incredibly patient and supportive of Altidore, but the striker paid the price for his poor performances of late by not being included in the League Cup Final squad against Manchester City.

Premier League Power Rankings After Gameweek 31

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The arrival of spring means many things to people. The days get longer, snow melts as the sun shines again after it's wintery absence, flowers begin to bloom, and the English Premier League enters the business end of the season. It is in this final stretch where legends are made and unforgettable moments occur.

Sunderland lose to Liverpool, win for Hoffenheim

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Jozy Altidore and Sunderland lost to Liverpool and Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim beat Hannover along with the rest of the USMNT abroad soccer scores. Read More

Goal Highlights: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

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Liverpool reclaimed second position in the Barclays Premier League and closed...

Nervy Finish But Reds Grind Out 3 Points

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It was a nervy ride to say the least on Wednesday evening as kopites everywhere tried to stay calm whilst Liverpool ground out a 2-1 win over Sunderland. After a heroes reception before kick off with the fans welcoming the team bus outside Anfield, the game generated the atmosphere of a European night and with the tension that rose throughout the 90 minutes it certainly did feel like it.


Man City 2-2 Sunderland – Citizens Arrest At Etihad As Black Cats Almost Pull Off Shock Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland Premier League 16th April 2014

Manchester City's title hopes took an almighty blow at the Etihad on Wednesday night, with the Citizens lucky to come away with a point after a poor performance against bottom side Sunderland.

Video: Man City squad arrive ahead of Sunderland clash

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Manchester City's players have arrived at the Etihad ahead of this evening's game against Sunderland. Ominously for the Black Cats,...

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Sunderland 0-1 Everton – Brown OG Fires Toffees Into Top Four (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Sunderland 0-1 Everton Premier League 12th April 2014

Everton leapfrogged Arsenal into into the top four on Saturday, courtesy of a rather less-than-impressive win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Toffees struggled to click into gear against a Black Cats side fighting for their Premier League lives, with Steven Naismith missing a glorious chance early on.

Liverpool fan taped to Newcastle lamp-post in Sunderland kit

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This groom's stag do threatened to fall foul of the Tyne-Wear rivalry. After coming to Newcastle to celebrate his forthcoming wedding with mates at the race, the stag was enjoying a drink or two at Quayside... until he was taped to a lamp-post in full Sunderland kit. The bloke in question is actually a Liverpool [.

Video: Emmanuel Adebayor could start for Spurs vs Sunderland, says Tim Sherwood

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be fit enough to start Monday night's game against Sunderland. The Togo international has been missing for Spurs' last three games with a gashed heel and hamstring problem. But he could be brought straight back into the starting XI to face the Black Cats, according to Tim Sherwood.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham – Black Cats Lose Again As Carroll Stars For Hammers (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham United Premier League 31th March 2014

Despite a second-half revival, strugglers Sunderland failed to get anything out of their home clash with West Ham on Monday night. Andy Carroll opened the scoring for the Hammers early on before the striker set up Mohamed Diamé on 50 minutes to make it 2-0.

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Top five conclusions: Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland

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1. Eriksen on the left was an inspired move When Andre Villas Boas brought Christian Eriksen to Spurs, he probably wanted the attacking midfielder to play behind the main striker, but Tim Sherwood prefers to pair natural strikers and have a playmaker come from the left. That's similar to how Pellegrini is using David Silva [.

Tactical Review: Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland

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Spurs boss Tim Sherwood had a full week to work on this game and he duly had an effective approach to beat the Black Cats. The day of the game presented different problems; speculation about his future upstaged the supposed tale of a top four-chasing team versus a relegation-threatened one. He needed to be more [.

Altidore dropped from Sunderland squad for loss to Tottenham

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Sunderland faced a very difficult challenge on Monday in taking on Tottenham in a match the Black Cats needed to win to help boost their fading chances of avoiding relegation.

Jozy Altidore was nowhere to be found. He was dropped from the first team, and spent Monday playing with Sunderland's Under-21 team.

Video: Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole scores from 20 yards against Spurs

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Sunderland are 0-1 up at Tottenham after Lee Cattermole scored his first goal from the club. The Black Cats midfielder took advantage of some slack defensive play by Spurs and side-footed the ball home first time from 20 yards.

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Safe Standing Roadshow confirmed for Sunderland Game this Saturday.

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The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in association with cfcuk fanzine, is pleased to announce that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be present in the Fulham Road both before and after the Sunderland home game on Saturday 19th April.

Organised by Jon Darch from the Football Supporters' Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshow will enable Chelsea supporters to see "rail seating" up close and in person.

Football Vine: Oh Vito! Sunderland ‘Keeper Mannone Gifts Man City Etihad Equaliser

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By Alan Duffy

How costly could Vito Mannone's blunder on Wednesday night be to Sunderland? Actually, probably not much as I doubt they'll get within two points of safety anyway. Still, it was quite the howler to give Man City a share of the points, made all the more painful by the Italians attempts to get back and stop the ball rolling into his net.

Soccer TV: Barcelona – Real Madrid and Manchester City – Sunderland

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Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore responds to journalist’s critique during Everton game

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When Sunderland Echo journalist Graeme Anderson decided to slate Jozy Altidore during today's game against Everton, he very kindly tagged the...

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West Ham and Hull linked with Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini

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Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is a summer transfer target for West Ham, Hull City and Genoa, according to reports. The Italy international was a surprise signing from Serie A champions Juventus last summmer, but has failed to hold down a regular starting spot for the Black Cats, particularly since Gus Poyet was appointed manager.

The Sun Newspaper Retaliate To Sunderland Press Ban By Referring To Club As ‘Derland’

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By Chris Wright

Having leaked Sunderland's starting line-up player-for-player well ahead of their game against Liverpool last week, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet suspected foul play and subsequently saw that The Sun newspaper be banned from attending his press conferences and from the club in general for the rest of the season.

Football GIF: Kevin Nolan And Phil Bardsley Take Concept Of ‘Man-To-Man Marking’ Far Too Literally!

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By Chris Wright

A fleeting fondle; a forbidden grope; a stolen kiss among the frantic melee of the six-yard box. Kevin Nolan and Phil Bardsley really did come close to getting each other pregnant while waiting for a corner to be slung in last night...

Christ! Get a room, you pair.

Visualized: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

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Previous Match Infographics: Cardiff (a), Manchester United (a), Southampton (a), Swansea (h), Fulham (a), Arsenal (h), West Brom (a), Everton (h), Aston Villa (h), Stoke (a), Hull (h), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (a), Cardiff (h), Tottenham (a), West Ham (h), Norwich (h), Hull City (a), Everton (a), Fulham (h), Arsenal (a), West Brom (h), Newcastle (a), Crystal Palace (h), Sunderland (a), Southampton (h), Swansea (a), Manchester United (h), Aston Villa (a), Stoke (h)

As always, match data from Stats Zone and Squawka.