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By ADAM TROXTELL

Chelsea will have revenge on their mind when Newcastle visit Stamford Bridge today.

Newcastle handed the Blues a shock 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park in December to further tighten things at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Now with Manchester City well and truly breathing down the back of their necks, Chelsea will want to return the favor.

With interim manager John Carver still in charge, Newcastle might get a boost if first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul is deemed fit to start. There are fresh doubts, however, over the fitness of Fabricio Coloccini, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat.

Man City will also be looking to avoid a slip up on their trip to play Everton. The Toffees are winless in their last ten games and have slipped to 13th in the Premier League standings.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid will look to bounce back from a mid-week loss to rivals Atletico when they face Espanyol. It’ll be a tricky one for the Bernabeu visitors, however, as Espanyol have failed to record a win over Real in their last 10 meetings.

If you will be watching the day’s action, feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s schedule is after the jump):

7:15 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Ipswich vs. Derby County

7:45 p.m. – NBCSN – Sunderland vs. Liverpool

10 a.m. – NBCSN – Chelsea vs. Newcastle

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Burnley vs. QPR

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Everton vs. Manchester City

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Swansea City vs. West Ham

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – West Brom vs. Hull City

10 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Real Madrid vs. Espanyol

12:15 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Malaga vs. Villareal

12:30 p.m. – NBC – Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur

2 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Celta de Vigo vs. Valencia

2:45 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Torino vs. AC Milan

6 p.m. – Univision – Club America vs. Leon

6 p.m. – ESPN Deportes/Azteca America – Puebla vs. Club Tijuana

8 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Tigres UANL vs. Atlas

10 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Chiapas vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

Comments

  1. Bale takes a set piece that looks more like a swerving, heat seeking missile than a soccer ball. It rings off the post and somehow fails to knock the goal into stands, instead it pings neatly into the back netting past the stunned keeper who still hasn’t had time to move a single muscle.

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  2. Sunderland’s defence and midfield don’t look that bad. All they need is a halfway decent forward that can score goals (including sitters) does anybody know one?

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    • a striker that can score goals from the ‘chances’ that sunderland creates? yeah, i know a few, but they’re sure as hell not going to a team like sunderland.

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      • well, it’s kind of a catch-22: yes, a striker like costa or aguero would make up for the woeful lack of quality in the midfield and defense, but sunderland would have to be much much (much) better all-round to attract a top-notch striker–and by that time, they wouldn’t need someone who could survive on one half-chance a game.

      • i missed watching a Sunderland game for once and from the looks of these comments it was a typical Sunderland game. glad i missed it now. id say they average one chance created per half……

  3. Sunderland pressing after going down to 10. LFC needs to tighten things up at the back as they are very lucky AJ’s blast hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced back into play. Not sure why Rodgers dubbed off Stevie G at the half for Lovren, who has not shown much quality or chemistry with the club this season. With this sub, LFC has lost the tempo and positivity (so far) that generated so many chances in the 1h.

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  4. LFC starting to really press the action now. And Bridcutt for Sunderland is having a stinker… turnover machine.

    Btw – thanks SBI team for getting the ‘RC’ thread up before the 10a matches.

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