Premier League Preview: Sunderland vs. Chelsea

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  • Sunderland have only won 2 of their last 13 PL matches (W2, D7, L4)
  • Chelsea’s last league defeat was against Sunderland last April
  • Cesc Fabregas has 13 assists in 17 appearances for the Blues

Chelsea will look to remain unbeaten as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland Saturday afternoon.

You can watch the match live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET or online via Live Extra.

Last April, Sunderland went into Stamford Bridge and shocked Chelsea, defeating the Blues 1-0 and handing Jose Mourinho his first home loss in 78 matches. This year, a win for the Black Cats could be even more shocking than the last.

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Gus Poyet’s side sit 14th on the table, but are tied for the fewest wins in the league with two through their first 12 matches. Sunderland’s seven draws lead the league as a lack of goals has hindered the club’s ability to convert one point into three. Sunderland have failed to score in five of their last eight league matches as they get ready to take on the leagues second-stingiest defense.

Through 12 matches for Chelsea, many are already crowning the Blues as Premier League champions. They have yet to lose a match and are coming off a 5-0 Champions League victory that Jose Mourinho described as “perfect.”

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Diego Costa is fit and available for the Blues despite coming off after taking a knock in their midweek Champions League match. Through 12 Premier League matches, Costa has scored 11 goals. The entire Sunderland club has only scored 12.

What they’re saying:

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on facing Chelsea: “People will say that we have nothing to lose on Saturday against Chelsea but we do – three points – because it is an opportunity to get something from the game. We need to play thinking that there is something to gain and it is as simple as that – it is going to be massive.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on his team’s unity: “I don’t have a single player at the moment from the ones that aren’t playing a lot that is not training very hard, that is not behaving very well, that is not part of true group, that is not ready to help by playing ten minutes or one minute or staying on the bench. ”

Prediction:

Chelsea’s last defeat was in a pre-season friendly back in August, and don’t expect that record to change tomorrow. The Blues have been playing some of the best football in Europe and are just too strong for Gus Poyet’s Black Cats. Sunderland 0-3 Chelsea.