Sunderland v Chelsea: The last five meetings at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland look for three precious points in their fight for Premier League survival when Guus Hiddink brings his Chelsea side to the Stadium of Light today.

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 7:00 am
Jozy Alidore collects the ball from the back of the goal afer Ki Sung-Yueng's winner in Sunderland's Capital One Cup win over Chelsea in December, 2013

The Wearsiders won their first three Premier League games against the Londoners, in 1996-97, 1999-2000 and 2000-01, but since then the only home victory over the Blues came in a memorable League Cup last-eight success in 2013-14.

Here we look back at the last five meetings at the Stadium of Light.

2014/15: Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0

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Sunderland became only the third team in the 2014/15 season to take points off Premier League leaders Chelsea after a gutsy Stadium of Light stalemate.

The Black Cats produced arguably their best performance of the season with a tireless, stella defensive display against Jose Mourinho’s men and could even have ended Chelsea’s unbeaten record.

Both sides hit the woodwork during the first half with Willian striking the post for Chelsea, before Santiago Vergini struck the bar for Sunderland.

Sunderland had the better of the half chances to win the game after the break, with an eighth draw of the season extended the Black Cats’ unbeaten run to four games.

2013/14: Sunderland 2 Chelsea 1 (aet)

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Ki Sung-Yeung’s dramatic extra-time winner sent Sunderland through to their first League Cup semi-final since 1999 after a thrilling comeback against Chelsea.

Sunderland looked like they were heading out of the Capital One Cup at the Stadium of Light after a Lee Cattermole own goal had Chelsea coasting towards the last four.

But with two minutes to go of normal time, substitute Fabio Borini levelled for the Black Cats and Gus Poyet’s side were suddenly rejuvenated.

As extra-time wore on, Sunderland looked like the more likely winners and after Ki had been denied by a brilliant tip over from Mark Schwarzer, the South Korean fired inside the near post with just 90 seconds remaining.

2013/14: Sunderland 3 Chelsea 4

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Gus Poyet’s 100 per cent home record as Sunderland boss came to an end after a seven-goal thriller against his former club Chelsea.

Jozy Altidore’s first Premier League goal for the Black Cats gave basement boys Sunderland a dream start, but Chelsea immediately levelled through Frank Lampard.

The superb Eden Hazard then gave Chelsea a half-time lead when he fired home from the edge of the area.

Captain John O’Shea gave Sunderland an ideal start to the second half when he levelled from a corner before Hazard doubled his tally with a carbon copy of his first.

Phil Bardsley’s comical own goal with six minutes to go looked to have sealed Sunderland’s fate, but the full-back then set up a grand stand finish by immediately netting his third of the season from Seb Larsson’s corner.

2012/13: Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3

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Sunderland slipped into the relegation zone as Chelsea ended their long wait for a Premier League win.

Fernando Torres vollyed home the opener as Chelsea, without a victory in seven previous league games, dominated the early proceedings.

Sunderland weathered the storm, but Seb Larsson conceded a penalty right on half-time, felling Ramires, and Torres cooly converted from the spot.

Juan Mata added a third for Rafa Benitez’s side, before Adam Johnson bagged a late consolation.

2011/12: Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2

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On the day that Sunderland allowed main striker Asamoah Gyan to leave on a season-long loan, the Black Cats served up a performance which underlined how toothless their attack was.

One goal in four games at the start of the season became two in five thanks to substitute Ji Dong-won’s consolation goal in injury-time.

But for long periods of the game Sunderland struggled to create decent chances and found themselves unable to convert the few they did.

In fairness, the home team were up against a multi-star Chelsea side brimful of talent.

It looked though as if the Black Cats – with Nicklas Bendtner making his debut – had established themselves in the game when Chelsea took the lead just after the quarter-hour.

A free-kick from Juan Mata hit the woodwork and with Sunderland spurning several opportunities to clear, John Terry took advantage when he steered a low shot home from a narrow angle.

Sunderland’s best chance of the first half had fallen to Bendtner minutes earlier but he headed Phil Bardsley’s centre wide when well-placed in front of goal.

It proved a costly miss as Chelsea regularly threatened to extend their lead but the Blues had to wait until the 50th minute for their second, when an outrageous backheel from Daniel Sturridge beat both Simon Mignolet and Wes Brown.

Sunderland worked hard to contain the visitors and Ji’s late goal brought the faintest of hopes after he produced a classy finish to a Bendtner knockdown in the 91st minute but it was always a case of too little to late.

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