After a couple of weeks off due to Internationals its back to the important business of gaining another 3 points at the Stadium of Light in sunny Mackem land.
With the transfer window now shut it will be interesting to see what team AVB will choose especially now we are strengthened by the return from injury of Cech and Luiz, and the new signings.

Personally I’m happy about the purchases made. Mata will be a massive player for us over the coming months and, hopefully, will bring out the best of ‘Nando. On the subject of Torres I was happy to see that the Spain boss del Bosque, has told him that he needs to start scoring regularly for Chelsea in order to get into the Spain eleven. Hopefully this and the signing of Mata will finally bring out the best of our number 9.

I was delighted by the arrival of Rui Meireles which has the benefit of hacking off our friends on the red side of Scouseland. Whenever I’ve seen him play I’ve been impressed by his technical ability and eye for a goal. AVB now has a strong squad to choose from in all areas of the team as well as a younger feel to the team. The backbone of the team, JT and Frank, are hopefully delighted with the six points picked up on England duty and will return to Chelsea in good heart.

I was disgusted with the negative reporting in the press regarding Frank, a loyal player who has always given 100% for his country in 12 years as an international. However if Capello, as reported, is looking to replace Lamps in the England squad I for one would be delighted. Maybe Frank should do a ‘Carvalho’ and retire from International duty then at least he can then concentrate on playing for a team whose fans appreciate the hard work he puts in week after week.
So an interesting selection problem this week for the Boss. Luiz or Alex, Branner or Bos, Obi Mikel or Meireles, Mata or Kalou (not a hard one for me) Nando or Nico, the permutations go on and on. On paper our squad is on a par with anyones and better than most.

As for this week’s opponents, Steve Bruce’s Sunderland, well no one can accuse them of transfer inactivity this summer with virtually a brand new team, including a couple of pressies from ‘Uncle Alex’ in O’Shea and Brown.

However Sunderland are yet to win a game in the Premiership this season and the signs are that all is not well and time is needed for the new players to gel. All in all a good time to be playing an away game in Sunderland and, if I were a betting man, I’d have a cheeky £1 on a nice 3-0 win for the Chels and a couple of goals for Mr T. Good luck and stay safe to all those travelling to watch.