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Chelsea vs Sunderland (PL) - 14/11/2010 - 16:10 GMT


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I found some team news for this game, so I thought it might be appropriate to get the thread going.

According to Ancelotti, Alex, Anelka and Lampard will all return for this fixture:

http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/light-at-the-end-of-a-long-tunnel-for-lamps

"Lampard has begun training with the squad once more and Ancelotti is confident he will be fit enough to play against Sunderland.

"I think he'll be okay for Sunday," said the Chelsea boss. "He started to train two days ago with the team.

"He doesn't have a problem, is showing confidence. I hope he will be ready, not necessarily to play for 90 minutes but just to be involved in the squad.

"If he's okay, he can start. I don't think he will be able to play 90 minutes, but he can play part of the game - he can do that."

Ancelotti will also have Brazilian defender Alex and striker Nicolas Anelka fit again for the Sunderland match after they missed out against Fulham."

After a tough victory against Fulham, we should be looking for a convincing win over Sunderland to follow that up. A 7-2 win at the Bridge last season, as well as a dominant second half display at the Stadium of Light which gave us a 3-1 win makes us believe it's possible.

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Sunderland are a fair side, particularly with guyan and wellbeck up front however we are at home again which is always a good start. I wonder how Bossy pulled up from the Fulham game? Given that Alex is back the problem of who to play at right back is up there. I'd be inclined to give to give Ivan a go since Bossy played the full game virtually.

Up front it will be back to Anelka and Drogba

sounds like Lampard will start, as will Mikel and Malouda. Lampard has historically played on the left of midfield which doesn't leave room for Zhirkov and suggests Ramires would start.

cech

ivan alex terry cole

mikel

lampard zhiirkov

malouda

anelka

drogba

subs: bossy, ramires, kalou, sturridge and some others

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Lampard has been out for over two months I think and has started training a couple of days ago. Is it really possible that he will start the game?

If he does then I wouldn't mind having Zhirkov to the right. Maybe he can take more shots then. But I guess Ramires will play, since he's more of an Essien type of player.

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Sunderland are a fair side, particularly with guyan and wellbeck up front however we are at home again which is always a good start. I wonder how Bossy pulled up from the Fulham game? Given that Alex is back the problem of who to play at right back is up there. I'd be inclined to give to give Ivan a go since Bossy played the full game virtually.

Up front it will be back to Anelka and Drogba

sounds like Lampard will start, as will Mikel and Malouda. Lampard has historically played on the left of midfield which doesn't leave room for Zhirkov and suggests Ramires would start.

cech

ivan alex terry cole

mikel

lampard zhiirkov

malouda

anelka

drogba

subs: bossy, ramires, kalou, sturridge and some others

The only worrying thing is our center back pair. Gyan/Wellbeck have pace and good skill and recently we've been torched by such players (Torres/Tevez). Wouldn't mind playing Bossy at rb and shift ivan to center.

Doubt lampard will start after almost 3 months of not playing, bad time for essein to miss as cattermole and henderson have been playing well for them. Id think we'l go back to the ramires-mikel-zhirkov midfield.

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Cech

Bossy

Ivan

JT

Cole

Mikel

Lampard

Zhirkov/Ramires

Malouda

Sturridge/Anelka

Drogba

This is the best option(s) for the game, we really need Lampard out there and if he's fit he should start as we need him back to his best as soon as possible and starting at home against Sunderland is perfect.

I reckon we'll win it but it could be tricky. 3-1 or 3-0 I'd say.

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I'd give some serious consideration to starting McEachran in this one. We've got to go 3 league games without Essien and Lampard, and there is always the risk of further injuries and suspensions. This is the only 1 of the league games at home so would seem to be the best option if we are to start him. If he acquits himself well then he may even get the chance for a few more starts. Either way there is a good chance he will get a few minutes in this game.

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You know Lampad _ Essien _ Alex will miss the next game Anelk return to action and drogba is not ready 100 % but ANcetotti should to play him there is no widen option in Ancelotti's hand I think ANcelotti have to give more chances to Ramires maybe Malouda would be play as mildfielder as his national team position I think the options line up for the next game will be ;

........................Cech...........................

bos.........Iva.................Terry........Cole

.....................Mikel............................

....(Malouda/josh/Ramires)......Zhirkove

...Anelka....Drogba......(Malouda/Kalou)

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Personally, I feel this should be Sturridge's game, not Kalou's. Give Sturridge an oppurtunity to show that he can be in the starting lineup. If he doesn't produce then you can go back to Kalou. Sturridge needs a chance, not 7 minutes at the end of a game where all we do is defend. It isn't fair to him.

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Personally, I feel this should be Sturridge's game, not Kalou's. Give Sturridge an oppurtunity to show that he can be in the starting lineup. If he doesn't produce then you can go back to Kalou. Sturridge needs a chance, not 7 minutes at the end of a game where all we do is defend. It isn't fair to him.

You are right but i don't think Ancelotti take risk you know that kalou is better than Sturridge and i guess sturridge would play against OM champions league full game

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I would rather see Kalou in the team as well, apart from him being one of our better performers against Fulham I think he tracks back better and with the weaness and or uncertainty in our midfield with Essien and Lampard unavailable I would stick to the more tried and trusted option at this time.

Funny I have not been overly impressed by Sturridge so far except to say he seems very confident in himself (which can only be a good thing) but I was hoping he would get the second half against Liverpool when we had gone two down..I thought it a bit much to ask of Drogba in his condition (although to his credit he made a difference) and thought someone like Sturridge who always looks like he wants the ball could have given them something to think about,

as it turned out the whole team were better second half and could have got something from a game at half time I felt there was no way back into but that day and the seemingly lost cause I thought it was looked to me a perfect chance to give him a full half...not a lot of pressure for the lad or anything.

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Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Obi, Ramires, Zhirkov, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Malouda, Turnbull, Van Aanholt, McEachran, Borini, Bruma, Ferriera, Sturridge, Kakuta.

Good idea, but I don't think they'll allow us to field 20 players, it doesn't seem fair to Sunderland.

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