This is going to be a enormous task for the lads in red and white, but I think with a bit of hard work and skill along with a slice of luck I think we could leave Stamford Bridge with a point or maybe even THREE.
The new immense form that we have picked up since Martin O’Neil took over is flabbergasting and I have to wonder if Chelsea will actually be looking forward to this game, the pressure is 100% on them. Even though they have won 13 out of the last 14 meetings in the Premier League, Sunderland surely have a massive amount of confidence in the club. Chelsea are missing Ivanovic, Essien and Mikel but they are able to welcome back Daniel Sturridge and John Terry, which could prove as a huge boost. Is David Luiz good enough to cope in the Premier League though, that is the big question and with Gary Cahill not moving down south in time he won’t feature, so are we going to be able to exploit Chelsea’s big weakness at the back?
On the injuries involving Sunderland players we are eventually going to be able to see Campbell in the first team again, he possibly wont feature but it looks as though he will at least make the bench. Nicklas Bendtner should also be involved in the game but there is very little news regarding Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Michael Turner but unfortunately O’Neil has confirmed Colback will now be out for around a month which is a huge blow as he has been in exceptional form so far this season. Sunderland are a totally different force under O’Neil and not to be taken lightly. We have some fantastic players and since Kilgallon has somehow found his self in the team again I have to admit he has been absolutely sensational. John O’Shea is starting to improve since moving into the middle as well and looks like his experience is worth a million dollars lately playing alongside the likes of Colback and Gardner who will be far from used to defence. Then we have our midfield duo in the middle who I believe have recently been unbelievable, Cattermole all over the pitch, here there and everywhere, tackling, closing down, getting in players faces, when he is playing to his max he is a cracking defensive midfielder, even while they were warming up at Peterborough last Sunday he was by far trying hard than all the other player and under O’neil he looks a true professional. David Vaughan also deserves a massive amount of credit, he plays a lot of simple passes and keeps the team ticking which we have been missing for many, many years now. He has recently scored two ‘world class’ goals which also helps. He deserves a great deal of credit and we must admit what a signing he has proved to be by Bruce. Then we have our free-kick magician on the right wing who is dangerous every time he receives the ball, he has the ability to whip in a cracking ball and he can also score from a free-kick anywhere inside the opposition half! Then we have our little dynamite in the middle of the midfield who quite frankly is sensational, he gets the ball and always, always looks to attack. He goes past players as if they aren’t even there. He makes the best, biggest defenders look like sunday league players who are still nursing from the night before. He is capable of anything and always looks dangerous and get us Mackems on the edge of our seats, and then finally we have James McClean, this young talented football an extremely good buy again by Mr. Bruce, I don’t want to put to much pressure on this lad but he looks sensational, as if he has been in the Premier for years, but he is still a youngster who still have an ability to learn and improve. He is an out and out winger and Chelsea who are lacking a good right back they must be thinking about how they are going to stop him. When McClean gets the ball the whole of the way end will rise in anticipation, he looks massively dangers every time he is on the ball, if he is running down the line to whip in a normally very good cross or if he cuts inside and shots, he really looks like he is going to be a huge talented star.
I must admit I am wondering if the ‘lads’ have watched last seasons dvd on the 3-0 victory over Bhe Blues last season, to prove that with some hard work and brilliance (Nedum Onuoha’s goal) we are more than capable of beating the best, and new years day victory over City proved. So come 3pm tomorrow when the ‘Red and White army’ are singing and dancing from the way end and the players are ready for what will be an extremely tough task I for one will be very, very positive that we are going to take something from the game.