FM Preview: Sunderland v Chelsea 01 Feb 2011

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History of the Sunderland v Chelsea fixture

Chelsea face a trip to Sunderland at The Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Blues will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them ending up on the losing side in more than half of the games played between the two.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in August 2009, as the visitors ran out cosy 1 - 3 winners in a Premier League match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2010/2011Sun 14 NovChelsea0 - 3SunderlandPREM
2009/2010Sat 16 JanChelsea7 - 2SunderlandPREM
2009/2010Tue 18 AugSunderland1 - 3ChelseaPREM
2008/2009Sun 24 MaySunderland2 - 3ChelseaPREM
2008/2009Sat 01 NovChelsea5 - 0SunderlandPREM
2007/2008Sat 15 MarSunderland0 - 1ChelseaPREM
2007/2008Sat 08 DecChelsea2 - 0SunderlandPREM

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 7 to 5.

Chelsea have an average recent record on the road, seeing them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. A generous 7 goals have been both scored and conceded in this period.

Sunderland's total of 37 points from their 24 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League. Chelsea's total of 41 points from their 23 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Chelsea are in a sorry state of late on their travels, though the Mad panel can see them coming away from The Stadium of Light with a well-deserved point. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Sunderland Failed to win in previous 2 home matches.
Chelsea 5 games since last defeat.