Blues captain John Terry was rumoured to be a doubt for the Premier League clash following a knee injury picked up during FA Cup duty against Portsmouth last weekend. However, the England skipper is confident that he will be fit to face the Black Cats.
Daniel Sturridge could be chosen ahead of Florent Malouda in order to partner Fernando Torres up front if he recovers from a slight leg problem.
Martin O'Neill still has a number of injuries to deal with, which rules out Wes Brown and Titus Bramble. However, Sebastian Larsson is expected to start for the North East side following his goal against Peterbrough in the FA Cup last weekend.
Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Terry, Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard, Meireles, Mata; Torres, Sturridge
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Gardner; Richardson, Cattermole, Larsson, Vaughan; Sessegnon, Bendtner
Sports Mole says: 1-1