JACK RODWELL returned to the Sunderland starting line-up for the first time in four games, for the visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Summer signing Rodwell was preferred to Jordi Gomez in the middle of the park, in the only change to Gus Poyet’s side.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho named an unchanged side for the third successive game.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher. Subs not used: Mannone, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley.
CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Subs not used: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba