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Saturday, 08 December 2012

Sunderland v Chelsea: Can Rafa get his Blues playing sexy football at the Stadium of Light?


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Sunderland v Chelsea

The champions of Europe bowed out of the Champions League in midweek but Rafa Benitez finally got his first Chelsea win under his huge belt. The Blues made light work of Nordsjaelland, but can they bring that sexy football into their struggling league campaign?

Sunderland have traditionally been an easy game for Chelsea. The Black Cats have lost 14 of their past 15 meetings, but the men from Wearside can pull it out of the bag now and again. You only have to go back two seasons when Sunderland stunned the Blues 3-0 on their own patch.

Chelsea are in the middle of their worst slump in almost 15 years. Their last league win was against Tottenham almost six weeks ago and they have dropped right out of the title race. Rafa Benitez has come in but the Chelsea fans have made it abundantly clear that he is not welcome at the Bridge. That won't faze the Spaniard though. His main objective is to get Chelsea back to winning ways and history suggests this will be that day.

Sunderland have been surprisingly poor this season. Everyone thought Martin O'Neill would have his men pushing for Europe. Instead they are fighting to stay in the league. They have lost five of their last nine league outings and have only picked up one win bonus in front of their own fans. They start the weekend just one point above the drop zone but with this and Tuesday night's six-pointer against Reading to contend with, they could well be in the bottom three come Wednesday morning.

The Black Cats are in need of a lift before Christmas. Can they get it here today or will Rafa beat the boo boys?

Sunderland v Chelsea; Kick Off 3pm December 8 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

TBA

Callum Rothwell

1

V

2

Man United

Alex Richert

1

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

TBA    

V

TBA

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

0

V

0

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

0

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

0

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

0

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

2

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

0

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

0

V

2

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

0

V

0

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 3; Draw: 11; Away: 19. TBA 1.

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