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Chelsea have to contend with a congested fixture pile-up as they get ready to play six games in 16 days, including the FA Cup quarter-final replay with Manchester United, the Europa League last-eight tie with Russia's Rubin Kazan and three Premier League fixtures culminating in a London derby with top-four rivals Tottenham. 

First up for the Blues will be a tricky game against London rivals West Ham.

However, Luiz reveals he is unfazed by the forthcoming calendar and merely happy to be in competitive action, rather than toiling away on the training pitch.

"Personally for me it is amazing," the Brazil defender said. "I like to play games. I don't like to train, it's boring sometimes.

"I love to play games, so if I had to play every day I would want to. You need to rest sometimes but I prefer to play games than training, for sure."

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Starting XIs - Sunderland vs Norwich

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Vaughan, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham.

Subs: Bardsley, N'Diaye, Wickham, Colback, Bramble, McClean, Westwood.

Norwich: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, E Bennett, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Kamara. 

Subs: Whittaker, Holt, Jackson, Fox, Becchio, R Bennett, Camp.

Starting XIs - Tottenham vs Fulham

Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen; Sigurdsson, Dembele, Parker, Assou-Ekotto; Adebayor, Bale

Subs: Friedel, Walker, Carroll, Holtby, Livermore, Defoe, Dempsey

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff; Ruiz; Berbatov

Subs: Etheridge, Hughes, Richardson, Eyong, Emanuelson, Petric, Rodallega

Starting XIs - Wigan vs Newcastle

Wigan: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner

Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Stam, Golobart

Newcastle: Elliot, Santon, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Tiote, Debuchy, Taylor

Subs: Harper, Anita, Perch, Gosling, Haidara, Ameobi, Obertan

Starting XIs - Chelsea vs West Ham

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba

Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Mikel, Oscar, Torres

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, O'Neil, Diame, Collison, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Carroll

Subs: Spiegel, McCartney, Pogatetz, Tomkins, Taylor, C.Cole, Chamakh


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Allardyce takes his team to Stamford Bridge looking for a famous league double over their London rivals and he reckons the animosity towards Benitez can work in his side's favour.

"You can see the importance of your fans being behind you rather than not," he said.

"I think Chelsea's team has suffered at Stamford Bridge because the fans have not been fully supportive of what has happened. That is nothing to do with Rafa, he can't help that.

"He is a manager trying to do a job the best he possibly can and he's obviously got a great CV at the jobs he has done at his other clubs.

"But it shows the importance of a volatile fan base that turned the other way, what effect it can have on a team.

"In the reverse of that we all know the extra man that fans can create. You see the opposite of that at Chelsea and certainly in the early stages when Rafa took over and Chelsea suffered some poor results because of that. That's the effect the fans have on the team that plays on the field."

Spurs willl be looking to make amends for a horrendous week in which they fell to 3-2 and 4-1 defeats to Liverpool in the Premier League and Inter Milan in the Europa League respectively when they take on Fulham.

The lackadaisical performance at the San Siro was the most concerning aspect and leaves Spurs in need of a morale-boosting victory against Fulham on Sunday.

"It was a bit embarrassing," Dembele told Press Association Sport. "We thought it was going to be easier than this.

"We knew they were going to fight but it's a shame that we let them into the game.

"We had to work much harder but we are through and we have to take lessons from the game into the Fulham game.

"The thing is that if you go to a place with a 3-0 lead you take a different mentality. That was wrong.

"It didn't work, what we wanted to do. But we are through and that is okay."

Meanwhile, the battle for survival in the Premier League will also be under the spotlight as Wigan Athletic take on a rejuvinated Newcastle United, while Norwich clash with Sunderland in the early kick-off.

Sunday's Barclays Premier League Fixtures

Sunderland vs Norwich

O'Neill aims to secure safety first

Turner makes the case for Norwich defence

Tottenham vs Fulham

Gallas vows to cut out mistakes

Jol has plans for former protege Bale

Wigan vs Newcastle

Martinez demands focus on survival

Pardew: Ben Arfa might be out for 2013

Chelsea vs West Ham

Hazard highlights importance of derby win

Allardyce bemoans lack of patience in the game

Saturday's Barclays Premier League Results

Everton 2-0 Man City

Livid Mancini blanks media after Everton loss

Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

Redknapp keeps the faith despite crucial loss

Southampton 3-1 Liverpool

Rodgers rues "poor day at the office"

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Stoke 0-0 West Brom

Pulis frustrated by goal-shy Stoke

Swansea 0-2 Arsenal

Wenger proud of Arsenal passion

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Man United 1-0 Reading

Fergie sings Rio praises after Reading win

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