Chelsea V Sunderland : Guess who's back!

Well its been a while and with a little bit of luck on our side for a change in the last week or so we still sit at the top of the League. A...

Well its been a while and with a little bit of luck on our side for a change in the last week or so we still sit at the top of the League. Arsenal and United missed their chance to put pressure on us and now its our chance to put pressure back on those two. We finally have some Premier League action and the great news is that Anelka is back fit and raring to go!. With the African boys away we need Anelka more than ever as he will possibly lead the line on his own or play up with Daniel Sturridge today.

I personally prefer him to lead the line himself with Malouda and Joe Cole playing either side, but I guess its down to Carlo and the way in which he prefers to play. I predict that Anelka will be on fire today due to the time he has been out of the side and will score. You can check the value on Anelka with online betting sites to see if you agree with me. It will be no easy game as Steve Bruce has gone to Sunderland and steadied the ship and in Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones up front, they will at some stage in a game cause problems.
They are missing Michael Turner, their main man at the back after his red card and subsequent appeal about that card was rejected. If they hadn't of appealed then he would be playing today, they did and he was given an additional match ban which does us a favour. I believe that Sunderland are weak at the back and we are all looking for Anelka pace and quality to expose them today. If Sturridge plays it will add to their problems at the back as he is lightening quick.

It will be interesting to see what Carlo does with our midfield today as in the cup the other week he deployed Zhirkov in a narrow midfield role and he played really well. Thats the beauty of our squad. We can either go with the 4-3-3 formation that brought us all the success we had under Jose' or we can stick with Carlo's 4-diamond-2 formation. With Deco not match fit and returning from injury we have (apart from Mikel and Essien) a fully fit midfield to choose from.

The other week in the cup Juliano Belletti played the holding role in midfield. I like Belletti alot like the rest of you but I am not sure he can do that much of a good job in the Premier League week in week out while Essien and Mikel are away. I think the pace of the game will at times pass him by if he plays there, thats why I would prefer Ballack playing that role today. I would play 4-3-3 today and play Zhirkov and Lampard either side of Ballack with the front three as I have mentioned earlier in the post.

I think this selection and formation provides us with a balance in midfield and natural width on the left and right. Malouda and Joe Cole can drag the defence out wide which will allow Lampard and Zhirkov to run from deep into the space which can cause Sunderland all sorts of problems.

We just need to ensure that we are solid at the back today. No silly mistakes. Cech needs to be at it from the off and he needs to get the confidence of the defence back and he can start by doing that today.

Its another must-win game and we HAVE to stop missing chances to get three points week-in-week-out. If we can put some kind of run together of the next 5-6 games we could be clear of the others and with that punters will look to spend their betting bonuses on Chelsea as we would be back in control of the Premier League. Let's hope that the boys hit the ground running today and get up and at it from the start.

I predict a Chelsea 2-0 win with Anelka and Lampard on the scoresheet so make sure you look for online betting sites and get a bet on today.


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