Antonio Conte
Conte was named manager of the month for November after guiding Chelsea to the top of the Premier League. Getty Images

Chelsea travel to Sunderland on Wednesday, 14 December and extend their winning run to 10 games under Antonio Conte and open up a gap at the top depending on how Arsenal perform against Everton. The Blues have the maximum points for any team after 15 games in the last five seasons and have emerged as favourites for the title.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:45pm GMT.

Overview

Sunderland come into the game on the back of a 3-0 thrashing by Swansea and are currently residing at the bottom of the table with 11 points, albeit only two points from safety. A win here will take them to 17th if other results go their way but tests don't come much harder than the current Chelsea side, who have been scoring goals for fun this season.

David Moyes' side has a host of injury problems to worry about, with Duncan Watmore out for the rest of the season along with Paddy McNair, who is out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Lee Cattermole, Fabio Borini and Jack Rodwell are also out for the fixture, with the manager expected to start the same eleven which lost to the Welsh side.

Chelsea managed to get the better of West Bromwich Albion owing to a brilliant strike by Diego Costa, who pulverized into the West Brom backline and scored a beauty past Ben Foster for his 12th goal of the campaign. Tony Pulis' men defended deep for large parts of the game but were unable to keep out the Blues, who are currently three points ahead of Arsenal.

The Blues do not have any injuries to worry about, with only John Terry missing the game against West Brom with a muscular problem.

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Sunderland win: 15/2
  • Draw: 24/5
  • Chelsea win: 4/11

Team News

Sunderland

Possible XI: Pickford; Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Jones, Kone; Pienaar, Denayer, Larsson, Ndong; Defoe, Anichebe.

Chelsea

Possible XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Costa, Hazard.