Sunderland vs Chelsea – Premier League best and worst

Sunderland and Chelsea meet in the late kick-off on Saturday in a fixture which the dominated in recent years. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the previous games between the two clubs on Wearside.

Last Meeting

It was a seven-goal thriller in December 2013 as the two teams threw everything at it from start to finish. American striker Jozy Altidore scored his first – and so far only – Premier League goal for Sunderland to open the scoring, only for Frank Lampard to level things up three minutes later.

The outstanding Eden Hazard then scored twice either side of a John O’Shea goal to put Chelsea 3-2 up shortly after the hour mark, before Phil Bardsley’s own goal added to their advantage on 84 minutes. The right-back scored at the right end shortly after, but the Blues held on.

Most Controversial Moment

It was the side a long way adrift at the bottom against the team well clear at the top when they met in January 2006, but it was far from comfortable for Chelsea, who had to recover from the shock of conceding the opener as Liam Lawrence powerful low shot.

Hernan Crespo equalised, and it then took until 69 minutes for the winner to arrive as Arjen Robben scored with the help of a deflection, but the Dutchman saw a second yellow card for celebrating with the crowd, resulting in significant protests. Despite losing a man, Chelsea held on for the win.

Most Emphatic Victory

Chelsea harboured hopes of winning the title under Gianluca Vialli in the 1999-00 season, but Sunderland ruthless exposed their deficiencies in an incredible first half, which saw them open up a four-goal lead.

It was no surprise who scored the goals for the Black Cats as Niall Quinn scored twice either side of a Kevin Phillips double. The Irishman hit the first inside the opening minute, and his side proceeded to tear Chelsea apart, meaning they could relax in the second half. The Blues did manage a consolation through current Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet, but were well beaten.

Most Costly Error

Low on confidence following a poor run of form, Sunderland already found themselves 1-0 down to Chelsea in December 2012 as Fernando Torres converted from a cross, but a rash challenge from Sebastian Larsson then helped take the game away from his side.

The Swede brought down Ramires, allowing Torres to double Chelsea’s lead, which was further added to by Juan Mata. The only thing Sunderland could muster in reply was Adam Johnson’s superb strike, but Rafael Benitez was able to celebrate his first win as the Blues’ interim-manager.

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