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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 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?
At this stage of Jozy Altidore's second season in the Premier League, you have to ponder which of his spells were worse â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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