Jose Mourinho has won the League Cup twice. Image courtesy of skysports.com
By all rights, Sunderland should be cannon fodder for Chelsea in their League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday morning (AEST). At the start of this month, though, the Black Cats pushed the Blues to the brink at the Stadium of Light with Eden Hazard’s two stunning goals getting the London side home 4-3 in the Premier League.
The teams return to that venue, and Chelsea’s away record domestically isn’t good this season, with losses to Stoke City and Newcastle United already in the EPL. Conversely, Sunderland has a home win over Manchester City and also north west rival Newcastle.
Chelsea comes in to this match on the back of a tough 2-1 win over lowly Crystal Palace at the weekend, and it’s the team’s third match in the space of a week after scoring a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League. Mark Schwarzer didn’t have much to do in that match and he’s likely to start in goal against the Black Cats. Defender Branislav Ivanovic is out suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card for the season at the weekend.
Sunderland managed a point away to West Ham at the weekend with the teams drawing 0-0 . Former Chelsea fan favourite Gus Poyet could have Jack Colback available on Wednesday after he missed the trip to Upton Park due to illness, while defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) and ‘keeper Kieren Westwood (shoulder) are both in doubt.
Chelsea has won nine straight in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland has managed just 12 goals in the premiership this season but has scored eight across its three League Cup matches. Jose Mourinho won this competition twice in his first stint with Chelsea
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