The Trinidad & Tobago international, who has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool this morning, replaces Fraizer Campbell in the only change to the side that beat Barrow in the FA Cup.
Youngsters David Meyler and Jordan Henderson continue to play alongside each other at the heart of midfield, and will come up against a Chelsea unit containing Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack.
Skipper Lorik Cana continues to partner Paulo Da Silva at the heart of the Sunderland back four.
CHELSEA (4-3-2-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole; Lampard, Ballack, Belletti; J Cole, Malouda; Anelka.
Subs: Hilario (gk), Zhirkov, Ferreira, Sturridge, Matic, Alex, Borini.
SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Fulop; Bardsley, Cana, Da Silva, McCartney; Malbranque, Meyler, Henderson, Murphy; Jones, Bent.
Subs: Carson (gk), Zenden, Campbell, L Noble, Healy, R Noble, Liddle.