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Match Preview: Sunderland AFC Vs Stoke City

A preview of this weekend's clash at the Stadium of Light

Dare we dream of back to back wins? We probably shouldn't. Nor should we dare to dream we'll suddenly display some kind of stylistic tour de force. Barring some kind of sick defensive fetish - watching Sunderland is as dull as it comes. Dreary as it may be, it wasn't exactly exhilarating stuff we were watching before Sam Allardyce took the helm. But would you believe it we're actually becoming difficult to beat. So what he hell. Come on Sunderland, see if you can grind out another mind numbing, boring but effective performance and steal us another win.

Match Appointments

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: D Cann & M Wilkes

Fourth Official: K A Woolmer

Team News

Sunderland

Jermain Defoe and Lee Cattermole could be fit after picking up injuries during last weeks win. Fabio Borini has trained all week and should be available for selection.

Billy Jones is suspended which should see DeAndre Yedlin step in.

Stoke City

Xherdan Shaqiri is fit to play though Philipp Wollscheid is a major doubt

Last 10 League meetings

25th Apr 2015

Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland

4th Oct 2014

Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

29th Jan 2014

Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City

23rd Nov 2013

Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland

6th May 2013

Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City

27th Oct 2012

Stoke City 0-0 Sunderland

4th Feb 2012

Stoke City 0-1 Sunderland

18th Sep 2011

Sunderland 4-0 Stoke City

5th Feb 2011

Stoke City 3-2 Sunderland

6th Nov 2010

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City

Form

Sunderland

Sat 7th Nov

Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Sun 1st Nov

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Sun 25th Oct

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle

Sat 17th Oct

West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

Sat 3rd Oct

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Sat 26th Sep

Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland

Stoke City

Sat 21st Nov

Southampton 0-1 Stoke

Sat 7th Nov

Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

Sat 31st Oct

Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

Sat 24th Oct

Stoke 0-2 Watford

Mon 19th Oct

Swansea 0-1 Stoke

Sat 3rd Oct

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke

Last Corresponding fixture

OPTA Facts 'n' Stats

Head-to-head

  • Stoke have never won at Sunderland in the Premier League (D2, L5) but they did triumph at the Stadium of Light in the League Cup last season.
  • Sunderland are looking for a third consecutive home win over the Potters.
  • The two sides first met on this day 124 years ago - 28 November 1891, when Sunderland won 3-1 at Stoke.

Sunderland

  • Sunderland's victory at Crystal Palace on Monday was only their second win in 16 league games (D5, L9).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored seven goals in his nine starts for Sunderland in all competitions this season.
  • Sam Allardyce has registered 150 Premier League wins as manager, the fifth-highest haul of victories.

Stoke City

  • Stoke have kept clean sheets in their last four away matches, winning three of them.
  • There have been just 23 goals scored in Premier League games involving Stoke City this season, fewer than any other side.
  • The Potters have scored with just 10% of their shots this season according to Opta, the lowest conversion rate in the division. Their last four wins have been by 1-0.
  • Four of Bojan's last five Premier League goals have come away from home.