Match preview: Sunderland – Chelsea, 2009-05-24 (England, Barclays Premier League)

Post by Dusko Koricanac

Searching at Villa Park

Black cats arrive into this last spherical with two points a lot more than “1st beneath the line”- Newcastle. Two way for them to keep in Premier: to win in opposition to Chelsea, or Newcastle doesn’t win in opposition to Aston Villa, on the road. Their modern performances don’t make the 1st choice very possible. They have 7 defeats from very last 9 league games! In the last game vs Portsmouth away, Sunderland had a possibility to remedy all the problems about steering clear of relegation. They took a lead in 60th moment, but manage to concede three instances till the stop! Manager Ricky Sbraglia has an interesting explanation for their lack of final results (informed to bbc): “From our point of watch, we have conceded also many and not scored enough!”. And that will be transformed towards Chelsea? Ok. Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque is a doubt following suffering a hip damage in the course of Monday’s defeat at Portsmouth. George McCartney (calf) is nevertheless quick of match fitness, whilst Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) and goalkeeper Craig Gordon (knee) will not be involved. Sunderland is in place wherever a draw doesn’t indicate anything. So, one conceded target in the initial fifty percent can make the hosts give up from Chelsea and just listen the news from Villa Park.

Hiddink is packing

Given that Guus Hiddink took a charge, Chelsea plays as born once again. Attacking and productive video games, with tactically best play are the primary qualities of their recent performances. Enhancement is far more than clear, and everyone (gamers, fans, management) would like to see him on the bench in the following time. But, he’ll maintain his word and leave the club at the finish. Ahead of that, lads have to play this match and the FA Cup ultimate at 30.five., towards Everton. Hiddink admitted that he has a single eye on the Wembley showpiece, but that it is unlikely he will relaxation many players this weekend. He’ll make some changes in group ’cause danger of injuries, but underlined that he likes when his gamers are in a good rhythm. Michael Ballack is set to return for soon after lacking their win over Bolton with flu. Ricardo Carvalho and Deco are also back in contention soon after recovering from hamstring issues. The accepted opinion is Chelsea doesn’t have a motive?! Chelsea plays with out a actual motive at very last few months, but created a run of 10 wins and a draw (Everton, residence -) in very last eleven video games! I really don’t think the motivation will be the difficulty (trashing Arsenal, right after disaster in Champions League, is a very great example), Hiddink will deal with it. And 1 statistic data, Chelsea won final eight video games versus today’s opponent, conceding just twice and scoring 21!

Arrive on you Villa

My view is when once again fully diverse from bookies’, which is very good, odds are far more than acceptable. Sunderland isn’t capable to defeat Chelsea, and in circumstance wherever a draw doesn’t have a weight, players and attendance will target on news from Birmingham. If they significantly come in this game (I think they will), Chelsea won’t have as well a lot issue to win at Stadium of Light and wait a ultimate in a great mood. Away win.

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