Sunderland take on Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend and the Blues will be full of confidence heading into this one after their superb draw against Tottenham earlier this week.
Chelsea came back from 2-0 down at half time to secure a point at Stamford Bridge. Belgian winger Eden Hazard scored a spectacular goal for the home side.
It has been a disappointing season for Chelsea overall and they will look to end the season on a high with as many wins as possible. Sunderland are fighting for their survival and this won’t be a walk in the park for Hiddink’s side.
The Black Cats will be looking to close the gap with Newcastle United with a win at home and Chelsea need to be thoroughly professional in order to avoid an upset here.
Thibaut Courtois returns from suspension and should come into the starting lineup in place of Asmir Begovic.
The only injury concerns for Chelsea are Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma.
As for Sunderland, Jeremain Lens has recovered from illness after missing the 1-1 draw at Stoke. There are no other injury issues for the Black Cats.
Sunderland: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Aanholt; Kirchhoff; Borini, Cattermole, M’vila, Khazri; Defoe
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Costa
Chelsea are undefeated in 22 of their last 24 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Chelsea are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 matches in the Premier League.
Sunderland have failed to score in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League.
In other news, the new Chelsea 2016-17 home kit was unveiled yesterday.
The new kit comes in the club’s traditional blue colour, featuring a white v-collar with blue trim.
It has the iconic Adidas three stripes running down on both sides of the new 16-17 Chelsea home shirt. Sponsored by Yokohama, the logo of the Tyres visible on the chest, the combination of blue and white adds a soothing visual effect.