TEAM NEWS: SUNDERLAND V CHELSEA

Posted on: Sat 08 Dec 2012

Rafael Benitez names an unchanged side from the big win against Nordsjaelland.

With John Mikel Obi suspended, Oriol Romeu retains his place, as does Victor Moses for the third game in a row.

Frank Lampard returns as a substitute after six weeks out.

Sunderland are without leading scorer Steven Fletcher - Connor Wickham plays instead - but captain John O'Shea returns to their defence.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

1 Petr Cech (c)
2 Branislav Ivanovic
24 Gary Cahill
4 David Luiz
3 Ashley Cole
7 Ramires
6 Oriol Romeu
13 Victor Moses
10 Juan Mata
17 Eden Hazard
9 Fernando Torres

Substitutes: 22 Ross Turnbull, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 28 Cesar Azpilicueta, 34 Ryan Bertrand, 8 Frank Lampard, 11 Oscar, 21 Marko Marin.

Sunderland are expected to line up in the following 4-4-1-1 formation:

Mignolet; Bardsley (c), Cuéllar, O'Shea, Rose; McClean, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson; Sessègnon; Wickham.

Substitutes: Westwood, Bramble, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Campbell.

The referee is Mark Halsey.

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