Two changes for SAFC

by Kate Smith

Altidore and Colback start against Chelsea.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has opted to include Jozy Altidore in place of Steven Fletcher ahead of tonight’s game with Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

The other change to the side that drew at Aston Villa on Saturday, sees Jack Colback replace Sebastian Larsson in midfield.

Both Fletcher and Larsson are named amongst the substitutes, with Adam Johnson and Lee Cattermole also on the bench.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone starts between the sticks for Sunderland and once again young stopper Jordan Pickford will provide back up.

Chelsea have also made two changes  as Frank Lampard and Willian replace Michael Essien and Oscar.

Sunderland:  Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (C), Brown, Ki, Colback, Gardner, Borini, Giaccherini, Altidore.

Subs: Larsson, Fletcher, Johnson, Celustka, Roberge, Cattermole, Pickford.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Hazard, Mata, Torres.

Subs: Schurrle, Cole, Essien, Obi Mikel, de Bruyne, Ba, Schwarzer.