skip to content
Shot by Nicklas Bendtner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Craig Gardner produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ramires delivers the ball, blocked by John O'Shea.
Shot on goal by Raul Meireles from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line.
The ball is delivered by James McClean, save made by Petr Cech.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet makes a save. Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line.
Florent Malouda replaces Juan Mata.
Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, clearance by David Luiz.
James McClean produces a cross.
James McClean produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sebastian Larsson, save by Petr Cech.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Connor Wickham coming on for Kieran Richardson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Essien. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Raul Meireles, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Raul Meireles sends in a cross, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
Juan Mata has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Shot from 35 yards by Michael Essien missed to the left of goal.
Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Raul Meireles results in a free kick. Raul Meireles booked. Frank Lampard leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Ramires fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Juan Mata produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Craig Gardner on for David Vaughan. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.
Fernando Torres receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard has an effort direct from the free kick.
James McClean produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Raul Meireles gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jose Bosingwa manages to make a clearance.
Shot by David Vaughan went wide of the right-hand post.
Lee Cattermole challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole.
Phillip Bardsley produces a cross, save made by Petr Cech.
Frank Lampard takes the inswinging corner, Shot from close range by Juan Mata misses to the left of the goal.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Kieran Richardson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Oriol Romeu fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. David Vaughan takes the direct free kick.
Michael Turner replaces Matthew Kilgallon.
Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Jose Bosingwa for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Petr Cech makes a save.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Fernando Torres goes wide left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Nicklas Bendtner, clearance by Ashley Cole. Corner taken left-footed by David Vaughan.
The ball is delivered by Ramires, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Phillip Bardsley. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Foul by David Vaughan on David Luiz, free kick awarded. Juan Mata produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Long distance effort from David Luiz misses to the left of the goal.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Blocked by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Lee Cattermole. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Juan Mata, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Phillip Bardsley fouled by Oriol Romeu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Fernando Torres takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Frank Lampard finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Fernando Torres has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Nicklas Bendtner. David Luiz is given a yellow card. Shot comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Fernando Torres.
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley. Header from deep inside the penalty area by Frank Lampard goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Chelsea still waiting for Cahill
Chelsea have missed the deadline to complete the signing of Gary Cahill in time for their Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland.
The Blues were confident of wrapping up the deal by the end of the week but that had not happened before the midday cut-off for Cahill to be registered for the Stamford Bridge clash.
It remained to be seen whether the Bolton defender would complete what has been a protracted move later on Friday and become Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas' first January signing.
If not, Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has already confirmed Cahill would be in contention for his current employers' trip to Manchester United.
An additional 24-hour delay would not necessarily be a bad thing for Chelsea, with Cahill undoubtedly strengthening a Bolton side they will be hoping take points off United.
But the more time that passes without an announcement, the more doubt is cast over whether the parties have been able to agree personal terms.
It is now more than a fortnight since Bolton accepted a #7million bid from Chelsea for their prize asset, who was in the final six months of his contract.
Negotiations immediately hit a snag when Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed club and player were "miles apart" in terms of Cahill's salary.
Reports claimed the England international was demanding #100,000 per week, #30,000 more than Chelsea were willing to pay as they seek to reduce their overall wage budget in the era of Financial Fair Play.
There were also suggestions in midweek a compromise figure of #80,000 had been agreed but Cahill trained with Bolton on Thursday morning and there have since been reports Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay had travelled to the north west for further talks.
Villas-Boas was confident of a positive outcome "this week" and refused to criticise Cahill or his representatives for the delay.
"It's part of negotiation," Villas-Boas said. "I'm sure all parties are protecting their interests and we'll reach an agreement."
With Alex frozen out of Chelsea's first-team squad, Villas-Boas will be hoping nothing happens to captain John Terry or David Luiz prior to Cahill's arrival.
Terry looks set to shake off problems with both knees to lead out his side but Branislav Ivanovic is still out with a hamstring strain.
A defensive injury crisis cost Chelsea dearly against Sunderland last season, when they were stunned 3-0 at home.
The Wearsiders look in even better shape under new manager Martin O'Neill, who has transformed them from relegation fodder to the form side in the Premier League since his appointment last month.
Villas-Boas said: "He's had the right impact and is one of the top managers in the game, with tremendous success here and in Scotland.
"The team were low in motivation and self-belief but they got themselves together to beat the leaders and inspire themselves.
"They can take anyone on, so they're more of a threat now because of that motivation, and Martin is doing such a great job."
O'Neill has insisted Sunderland will still be engaged in a fight for survival even if they beat Chelsea.
They head for the capital on the back of a promising revival since O'Neill replaced Steve Bruce as manager in December and having taken 13 points from a possible 18 and secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round.
That run has eased the Wearsiders into the top half of the table, although the Northern Irishman is adamant that he will continue to look over his shoulder.
He said: "Of course I am concerned, yes. If this was the final league table of the season, that becomes a different issue, but it is not.
"We could lose and we could drop six places in the league, so it's still very, very tight.
"What we have been able to do, we have been able to haul ourselves into a pack of teams that I am quite convinced wouldn't be looking in any other direction than over their shoulder.
"Chelsea will be a difficult game for us, exceptionally difficult. But we are going in with confidence and we will see.
"If we win the game, it's three extra points for us and if we do that there, that would be fantastic for us, and that's the way I would look at it.
"Similarly, if we are beaten in the game, I'm hoping that it wouldn't dent confidence so badly that we would fall apart."
O'Neill could be boosted by the return of striker Nicklas Bendtner from a knee injury while fellow frontman Fraizer Campbell was among the travelling party which left on Friday afternoon for the first time since suffering a second serious knee injury in August 2010.
Lampard saves Blues
Frank Lampard proved the master of being in the right place at the right time once again as Chelsea survived a second-half scare to beat Sunderland 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League.
Lampard scored for the third successive match since his latest recall, although he knew little about a goal that owed everything to a superb Fernando Torres volley that smashed against the crossbar and back off his team-mate.
Torres also saw two strong penalty claims turned down in what was one of his best displays in a Chelsea shirt, Nicklas Bendtner had one rejected at the other end and James McClean missed an open goal that might have snatched a point for the visitors.
Indeed, the watching Gary Cahill would have fancied his chances of breaking into the Chelsea defence when he finally completes his protracted move from Bolton as the hosts somehow kept a rare clean sheet.
That cut the gap to leaders Manchester City to eight points, while providing a setback for the Sunderland revival under Martin O'Neill.
The Wearsiders were first to threaten, with Stephane Sessegnon running through non-existent tackling before Jose Bosingwa prevented McClean tapping home in the fourth minute.
The much-criticised David Luiz was then booked for his latest silly challenge, on Bendtner.
Frank Lampard had already seen a shot blocked at the other end and Torres then flicked a header wide at the tip of an unfamiliar 4-1-4-1 formation.
And the duo inadvertently combined to give Chelsea a spectacular 13th-minute lead, Torres scissors kick smashing against the crossbar and careering back off Lampard and into the net.
Terrible defending from a corner forced Larsson to clear Lampard's hooked volley off the line as the home side held sway.
Luiz got a knee in the head from Lee Cattermole after being brought down by David Vaughan and Phil Bardsley blocked another header from Torres, who was being given vocal backing by the Stamford Bridge crowd.
But they were almost silenced 10 minutes before half-time when Bendtner dragged Sessegnon's pass inches wide with Petr Cech beaten.
Torres did the same at the other end after a neat turn 20 yards out before leaving Matthew Kilgallon in a heap following a seemingly-innocuous aerial challenge.
Kilgallon stayed down and was eventually was carried off on a stretcher in stoppage-time, with Michael Turner coming on.
Chelsea had kept only one clean sheet at home in the league all season and Sessegnon fired an early warning shot after the break when he drilled a volley straight at Cech.
Simon Mignolet kept out Torres shot from a tight angle, the excellent Juan Mata volleyed the resulting corner over the top and Ramires failed to capitalise when Mignolet spilt Ashley Cole's cross.
Torres was convinced he should have had a penalty after going down under John O'Shea's challenge and Bendtner thought the same at the other end seconds later after being bundled over by Cole but referee Phil Dowd disagreed on both counts.
He had no hesitation whistling and producing a yellow card when a frustrated Cattermole clattered into Lampard as tempers frayed.
Vaughan flashed a 30-yard strike narrowly wide before McClean missed an open goal in the 63rd minute, stabbing wide after a brilliant run and cross from Larsson.
Torres was denied another penalty claim when he was clearly tripped by Bardsley, Dowd rubbing salt into the wound by booking the striker.
Luiz produced a vital interception to rob McClean before Sunderland withdrew Vaughan for Craig Gardner.
Raul Meireles was soon cautioned for bringing down the new man, who was then joined on the field by the fit-again Michael Essien, who replaced Lampard to make his first appearance of the season.
Essien skidded a 30-yard drive wide before Sunderland brought on Connor Wickham for Kieran Richardson.
Cole had to be alert to beat Bendtner to a cross as Sunderland poured forward in the final 10 minutes, during which Chelsea introduced Florent Malouda for Mata.
Cech got away with flapping at a McClean cross either side of a Meireles chip tipped over by Mignolet and a horrible shank from the same player.
Sunderland missed two glorious late chances to equalise, Gardner sidefooting wide after a great Sessegnon run and Bendtner lifting the ball over the bar with only Cech to beat.
"Will David Moyes be able to turn it around at Ma..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk