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  1. Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard; Drogba
  2. Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe

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By Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland


Remy has escaped again but Sunderland somehow scramble clear with a hat trick looming.


Another save from Petr Cech and again it came from Connor Wickham.


Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland - Loic Remy

A lovely way to end it. Loic Remy finishes off a smart move with a cute near-post finish.


Sunderland are having a go here. Connor Wickham has just unloaded a vicious shot - the visitors' 13th of the game - into Petr Cech's midriff.

For the record

If John Terry completes the 90 minutes - and he's getting close - he will become only the second outfield player to play every minute in a Premier League title-winning season, following Manchester United's Gary Pallister in 1992-93.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has just clattered in an effort that is currently bouncing down the Fulham Road. Jermain Defoe does a little better, but Petr Cech still comfortably fields his drive.


Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is booked for a cynical challenge.


Tremendous intervention by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, throwing himself adroitly to his right to keep out a Willian header.


Change for Chelsea. John Obi Mikel trots off and Danish defender Andreas Christensen takes to the field for his third senior appearance.


Emanuele Giaccherini comes on in place of Adam Johnson for Sunderland.

Worthy player of the year

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Eden Hazard has been kicked all season but he's learned that he's got to pick himself up and get on with it. And he's been terrific.


Ooft, Steven Fletcher should have equalised. The Scottish striker had a free header from seven yards but flashed it wide. Very much the finish of a man who has scored one club goal since November.


Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland - Loic Remy

Eden Hazard again. Another scything run, another cute pass from the Belgian and this time Loic Remy dragged a low shot past Vito Mannone from 22 yards.


Willian scuds a devilish low shot just wide of Vito Mannone's goal. Chelsea turning the screw again.

Decisive moment Pt II

Diego Costa
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And Diego Costa converted the kick.

Decisive moment Pt I

John O'Shea
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Juan Cuadrado earned the penalty that has champions Chelsea level...

Good omens?

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last two games against Chelsea (W1, D1), having lost 17 of the previous 18 league meetings.


Another chance for the visitors as Steven Fletcher comes close to doubling his tally for the day.


Chelsea earn another corner. This time an Eden Hazard shot is deflected wide, but stoic Sunderland again deal with a dangerous delivery. The ball is returned and Gary Cahill's tame effort is easily gathered by Vito Mannone.

More work to do

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Chelsea's season doesn't end here. After this they are going to the far east for a mini-tour.

Whit? Yer at the kiddin, Jonathan? Give them a break.

Chelsea force consecutive corners. Sunderland are on the rack but they survive, Branislav Ivanovic heading the second delivery well wide.

Dentist's chair

Hazard was not expected to play today, having had three wisdom teeth hauled out during the week, but the little Belgian is wreaking his usual havoc. Remember when stories involving the dentist's chair and football used to be about something entirely different?


Dearie me, what a run that was by Eden Hazard. The Belgian eliminated a handful of Sunderland defenders and played in Loic Remy, but the substitute was crowded out.


Petr Cech is called upon once more. So much for a quiet farewell. The Czech has to plunge low to his left to push past a Jack Rodwell scud.

From the corner, Nemanja Matic heads over from a couple of yards but was deemed offside anyway.


Agh, Diego Costa had an opening there, but Branislav Ivanovic's cross reared up at the Spain international and the opportunity was gone. The ball is returned, though, and Loic Remy lashes wide with the help of a deflection.

Hard to beat

Chelsea have lost just four games in all competitions this season, meaning that whatever happens today they will better their previous club record mark of six.

The quartet who have bested them? Newcastle, Tottenham, Bradford and West Brom. Well played everyone.

Home advantage

Sunderland meted out the only home Premier League defeat of Jose Mourinho's two Stamford Bridge tenures when they triumphed here last term. That's one defeat in 98 (!) games.


Referee Lee Mason is holding them back for some reason... but now we're off.

The teams are back out and ready to go...

Match stats


Low bar

If Chelsea fail to win they will be only the second champions in the last 12 seasons to end with fewer than 86 points. Manchester United took the title with 80 points in 2011.

As it stands


Chelsea would win the title by six points...


And Sunderland would end the campaign in 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Steadied the ship

Didier Drogba
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Sunderland have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3, D3) and two of eight since Dick Advocaat took charge.


Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland

And that's us leaving for orange segments and slugs of diluting juice.


A rare Sunderland break. Petr Cech gets down sharply at his near post to thwart a low Jermain Defoe drive.

The half is ending as it began... with Chelsea swarming around the Sunderland area without creating clear chances.

We're going to have three minutes of stoppage time. Most of it due to that Didier Drogba throne caper...