Preview: Chelsea v Sunderland

It is top against bottom on the final day of the season at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League champions host relegated Sunderland.

Premier League
21 May 2017
Matchday 38
Kickoff: 16:00
Venue: Stamford Bridge

Referee: N. Swarbrick
Assistants: J. Collin, D. Cann
Fourth official: R. East

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Chelsea 112 56 19 37
Sunderland 112 37 19 56

Previous encounter:

Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea (21/05/2017) Premier League

Chelsea goalscorers: C. Fabregas (40)

Players to watch:

With 24 goals in 34 league games, Diego Costa will be looking to add to his tally against a porous Sunderland defence. Tottenham striker Harry Kane leads the chase for the Golden Boot this season, and it is unlikely Costa will be able to put six away on Sunday, but expect him to try.

Jermain Defoe has 15 goals this season and has been a shining light in an otherwise miserable season for the Black Cats. He will want to add to his tally to further his chances of securing a contract with a Premier League club for next season, with West Ham his preferred destination.

Team form and manager quotes:

While Chelsea stormed to the Premier League title with games to spare, Sunderland were relegated from the English top-flight well before the end of the season.

The Blues come into this game on the back of five league wins; last beating Watford 4-3, having secured the title with a 1-0 win over West Brom last week.

Sunderland, meanwhile, last won against Hull at the beginning of May, and come into this match on the back of two losses, against Swansea and Arsenal.

Ahead of Sunday’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said: “On Sunday we have two targets, to try to win the 30 games in this league, which would be an unbelievable target for us, and to help Thibaut (Courtois) to win the Golden Glove. And also to prepare the right way the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

“It is important to celebrate because this title is a great win, for me, for the players, for the club and for our fans. On Sunday we have to try to win the game and then to celebrate this league is very important.

“I can’t wait to do this with my players and with the fans, and also to celebrate John (Terry), that will be very important and also to celebrate [assistant coach] Steve Holland, because he is leaving after eight years and he is an important man in this club. He has won a lot and he worked with many coaches and I have the pleasure to work with him in this season.”

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Sunderland manager David Moyes added: “We’ve had a tough year but we’ll dust ourselves down, get ready to go again.

“Sunderland will carry big expectations and they could arguably be the biggest club in the Championship next year.

“I think we have a core here and we need to keep those players. We need to find a way of adding players who have quality.”

Team news:

Gary Cahill and Diego Costa return after being rested against Watford. John Terry is expected to start as well.

Sunderland will hand fitness tests to Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong but Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore, Jan Kirchhoff, Steven Pienaar, George Honeyman, Wahbi Khazri, Jason Denayer, Victor Anichebe and Papy Djilobodji are all out.

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