It did not have the air of a good week for Chelsea even if they did recover from defeat at Anfield to stretch their lead over Manchester United in the Premier League to four points. Carlos Ancelotti's side scored just once to beat Fulham on Wednesday and the following day the assistant manager Ray Wilkins had gone from the club. Chelsea do have the opportunity to steady themselves against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, but some veteran players will have to confirm in the weeks ahead that the team can sustain impetus. Kevin McCarra

Venue Stamford Bridge, Sunday 4.10pm

Tickets Sold out

Last season Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2

Referee C Foy

This season's matches 9 Y21, R0, 2.33 cards per game

Odds Chelsea 2-9 Sunderland 16-1 Draw 11-2

ChelseaSubs from Hilário, Turnbull, Ferreira, Anelka, Bruma, Van Aanholt, Borini, McEachran, Kakuta, Sturridge

Doubtful Anelka (back), Drogba (illness), Terry (back)

Injured Alex (knee, 28 Nov), Lampard (groin, Dec), Benayoun (achilles, Apr)

Suspended Essien (first of three)

Form guide WLWWDW

Disciplinary record Y20 R1

Leading scorer Malouda 7

SunderlandSubs from Mignolet, Bardsley, Liddle, Angeleri, Da Silva, Welbeck, Noble, Colback, Reed

Doubtful None

Injured Mensah (shoulder, 22 Nov), Meyler (knee, 22 Nov), Bent (hamstring, 27 Nov), Ferdinand (hamstring, Dec), Campbell (knee, May)

Suspended None

Form guide DWLWDD

Disciplinary record Y21 R3

Leading scorer Bent 6

Match pointers• Chelsea will set a new Premier League record for most consecutive wins against a single opponent if they beat Sunderland

• Sunderland's only Premier League victory at Chelsea was in September 2001 when they came from behind to win 4-2

• Since the start of last season, only Chelsea (14) have won more penalties than Sunderland (13)

• Sunderland have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 meetings with Chelsea

• Chelsea have not conceded a goal at home in 871 minutes of top-flight football