Posted on: Tue 17 Dec 2013

Samuel Eto'o returns to the starting line-up and there is a start for Kevin De Bruyne.

Willian keeps his place and the attacking midfield three is completed by Andre Schurrle.

Mark Schwarzer is in goal and with Branislav Ivanovic suspended, Cesar Azpilicueta will play right-back with Ashley Cole returning on the left. Gary Cahill and David Luiz are the centre-backs.

For Sunderland, with Jack Colback absent due to illness, Sebastian Larsson continues into midfield as does Craig Gardner for Ki Sung Yueng.

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

23 Mark Schwarzer; 28 Cesar Azpilicueta, 24 Gary Cahill, 4 David Luiz, 3 Ashley Cole; 12 John Mikel Obi, 8 Frank Lampard (c); 15 Kevin De Bruyne, 22 Willian, 14 Andre Schurrle; 29 Samuel Eto'o.

Substitutes: 46 Jamal Blackman, 26 John Terry, 5 Michael Essien, 11 Oscar, 17 Eden Hazard, 29 Demba Ba, 9 Fernando Torres.

Sunderland are expected to line up in the following 4-3-3 formation:

Mannone; Celustka, O'Shea (c), Brown, Dossena; Larsson,Cattermole, Gardner; Johnson, Altidore, Giaccherini.  

Subs: Dixon, Bardsley, Cabral, Ki Sung-Yueng, Mavrias, Roberge, Borini.

The referee is Anthony Taylor.

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