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CONFIRMED: Sunderland vs. Chelsea Lineups – Mata, Willian start for the Blues



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Chelsea travel up north for the evening kickoff against Gus Poyet’s Sunderland, with the Blues looking to close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard

The West London side are coming in off the back of a moral boosting win over Southampton on the weekend.

Some inspired substitutions from Jose Mourinho saw them fight back from a goal down after the first 13 seconds, putting them now within four points of leaders, Arsenal.

Sunderland meanwhile are currently rooted to the bottom of the premier league, despite some promising results in recent weeks.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, O’Shea (C), Brown, Ki, Colback, Gardner, Borini, Giaccherini, Altidore.

Subs: Larsson, Fletcher, Johnson, Celustka, Roberge, Cattermole, Pickford.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Mata, Hazard; Torres.

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Ba