Chelsea Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

Christopher Lee

The teams are in for Paolo Di Canio's first game in charge of the lads as they look to get an unlikely result at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

New Head Coach Paolo Di Canio was always likely to shake things up but few would have predicted this lineup as Danny Graham was dropped to the bench with Connor Wickham given the nod and Matt Kilgallon is a surprise inclusion at the back with Titus Bramble making way completely, not even a spot on the bench for the blundering centre back. Phil Bardsley is also set to play in the right-back spot with a central role on the cards for Craig Gardner.

There are also spots on the bench for Mikael Mandron and the fresh-faced forward Jordan Laidler.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley; John O'Shea (c), Matt "Matty" Kilgallon, Danny Rose, Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Alfred "Big Alf" N'Diaye, Adam "Former England International" Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, Connor Wickham

Substitutes: Keiren Westwood, Danny Graham, Jack Colback, Jame McClean, Kader Mangane, Mikael Mandron, Jordan Laidler

Meanwhile Rafa Benitez shuffled his pack following Chelsea's busy recent schedule, making five changes from the side which turned out in the Europa League midweek:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Eden Hazard, Demba Ba

Substitutes: Ross Turnbull, Ferreira, John "JT" Terry, Frank Lampard, Marin, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres

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