Chelsea are set to break two more records this weekend, as The Black Cats of Sunderland travel to SW6 in the Super Sunday showdown at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are aiming for a tenth successive clean sheet, at home, breaking our club record which has stood for 83 years. A remarkable achievement has seen Petr Cech not concede in an astonishing 13 and a half hours of football! The last player to score in the league at Fortress Stamford Bridge was John Carew on the 27th March 2010.
The second record set to tumble is a Premier League one of most straight wins against a single opponent. If Chelsea win on Sunday that will be 12 successive victories over Sunderland! Their last win against us was a victory at the Bridge in 2000(01).
Sunderland’s away record this season has been abysmal with no victories and only four points from their travels, although they got a credible draw at Tottenham in midweek. The Black Cats will be without the injured pair of Darren Bent and John Mensah, with Anton Ferdinand rated ‘very doubtful.’ Their highly rated striker Asamoah Gyan has scored three in the last two outings, so JT and Ivanovic will need to keep an eye on him.
Chelsea have injury problems of their own, Lampard is out for a further three weeks with a torn abductor, Alex has a knee problem and Essien is suspended following his sending off in midweek. I expect the ‘record breakers’ to line up with Cech in goal, a back four of Bosingwa, Ivanovic, JT and Cole, midfield trio of Mikel, Ramires and Zirchov and the familiar frontline of Malouda, Drogba and Anelka.
Manchester Utd and Manchester City are expected to pick up wins against Villa and Birmingham respectively, so three points are a must on Sunday, whilst I think Arsenal face the toughest test away at Goodison Park on Sunday. Chelsea will meet Birmingham and Newcastle away and Everton at home in the next three matches and maximum points are vital whilst Essien and Lampard are side lined. Then comes a run of three matches in December which will define our Premiership season. We play Tottenham away, Man Utd at home and finally Arsenal away, so hopefully we will be back to full strength by then.
In the meantime, sit back on Sunday and watch the Champions destroy Sunderland to smash those records and allow us all time to reflect on a Sunday of Remembrance. Don’t forget to leave your banners at home and let the two dedicated banners speak for all Chelsea fans.