Antonio Conte’s in-form Blues travel north to face a resurgent Black Cats who have won three of their last five.
Chelsea are on a stunning run and have maximum points from their last nine outings.
“A win, a clean sheet, no yellow card for Diego”
It’s a run that has put them top of the tree heading into Christmas – but Nevin still has a few concerns on the horizon.
Diego Costa is one booking away from a suspension and he is wary of David Moyes’ turnaround in fortunes.
Nevin told Chelsea’s website: “Sunderland have managed to scrape together nine points from the last 15 available which is very good going for a team at the bottom of the league.
“It may well be that Davie Moyes finally has a handle on the capabilities of the squad, and without making them world beaters he is getting the best out of them now and again.
“So what do we want? A win, a clean sheet, no yellow card for Diego, at least one of the challengers to slip up and for people to stop saying silly things like Chelsea should be docked points.
“That actually began to sound very much like a wish list to Santa for a moment there.”