Ashley Williams of Swansea

Sunderland will be forced to look elsewhere for leadership after Ashley Williams snub

Sunderland want a statement signing and will now turn their attentions to Kurt Zouma of Chelsea to plug centre-back gap

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC

Sunderland will pitch for Chelsea's best youngsters to plug the gaps

Sunderland will try to exploit their links with Chelsea to fill the gaps in their squad the club's academy cannot

Dan Gosling of Newcastle United and Frank Lampard of Chelsea

Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Feeling sorry for themselves after a terrible start to the year, Newcastle United found themselves helping Eden Hazard to a hat-trick

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher struggling with regular football after ankle injury

Charlie Oatway admits Sunderland need to find a cure for their scoring blues as Steven Fletcher struggles after injury

Fabio Borini celebrates scoring for Sunderland against Chelsea

Sunderland 2 Chelsea 1 (after extra time): Mark Douglas' match analysis

The Black Cats spirit will please head coach Gus Poyet, but there is still work to do

Ki Sung Yueng celebrates scoring Sunderland's extra-time winner against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at the Stadium of Light

Ki Sung-Yueng goal sends Sunderland through to last four of Cup

Ki Sung-Yueng late goal stuns Chelsea to take Black Cats through to next round of the Capital One Cup

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

No way Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will play the tinkerman

Consistency of selection and style is key for Sunderland boss. Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas reports

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet insists his Sunderland side will be strong against Chelsea in cup clash

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants his team to learn how to win - starting tonight against Chelsea in the League Cup

Phil Bardsley of Sunderland scores past goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea

Sunderland 3 Chelsea 4: Steve Brown's match analysis

Chelsea's Eden Hazard gave Sunderland a masterclass last night as they suffered yet another defeat despite bagging three goals

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Sunderland v Chelsea preview: Poyet says SAFC must believe in themselves

The past proves Sunderland AFC can triumph, says manager Gus Poyet, as he recalls Sunderland's 4-1 win over Chelsea fourteen years ago

Yoan Gouffran of Newcastle United heads the first goal past Petr Cech of Chelsea

Newcastle United 2 Chelsea 0: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Newcastle United registered an uplifting victory over Chelsea at the weekend as Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas reports

Team of the season is a mixed bag

ONLY in the North East could the team of the season include a Chelsea player, a Tottenham player and a midfielder playing at right-back.

Cesar Azpilicueta (L) of Chelsea reacts after scoring an own goal in their match against Sunderland

Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

Paolo Di Canio got just about everything he wanted from his players at Stamford Bridge yesterday, apart from the most important thing

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio in pledge to win over the fans

PAOLO Di Canio believes the Sunderland fans will grow to love him because he isn’t viewed as an enemy like Rafa Benitez is in the eyes of Chelsea supporters.

John Terry in action for Chelsea against Boro

Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 2

MIDDLESBROUGH shook off their recent Championship form to give the champions of Europe a run for their not inconsiderable money.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray

Boro can succeed where Barca and Bayern failed against Blues

TONY Mowbray is by his own admission not an especially religious man, and yet the sweet-toothed Middlesbrough manager has for the past few years forgone chocolate for Lent.

Boro manager Tony Mowbray and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez

Tony Mowbray: I don't feel sorry for Rafa Benitez

TONY Mowbray last night admitted he felt little sympathy for the under-pressure Rafa Benitez because the Spaniard would have known what to expect when he joined Chelsea.

Ellis Short, owner of Sunderland AFC

Ellis Short is SAFC Academy's biggest supporter

SUNDERLAND owner Ellis Short is a huge supporter of the club’s Academy, and even turned up unannounced to watch an Under-21 game at Chelsea from the sidelines recently.

Yoan Gouffran of Newcastle United

French pair Sissoko and Gouffran must keep going

NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew is looking for more of the same from Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran when Chelsea come to town tomorrow.

Tim Krul

Demba Ba deserves move to Blues, says Tim Krul

DEMBA Ba has abandoned the Newcastle United ship with the blessing of his former team-mates, according to Tim Krul.

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