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Saturday 23rd December 2023
(7th) Sunderland v Coventry City (15th)
Stadium of Light
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It’s been a funny old week. One that began badly on the pitch and then off the field matters took over after the final whistle at Ashton Gate last Saturday - but we can get back to the footy and hopefully winning way this afternoon in what is our first Saturday 3pm kick-off since we took on Norwich City in late-October.
In midweek it was announced that Michael Beale is the man designated with the task of kicking us on to the next level and it works out nicely that he begins his Sunderland career at the Stadium of Light.
With much emphasis during midweek on the importance of the existing coaching staff, it will be safe to assume that we won’t see any major changes to the setup in such a short space of time.
We might not have beaten Coventry in the last three meetings at the Stadium of Light, but since the referee-influenced defeat to Middlesbrough, the Lads have won four of the last five on home soil - with the outlier being an off day against Huddersfield Town.
Last season ended in heartbreak for Coventry City when they were beaten by play-off finalists Luton Town, and the presumption was that they would be challengers again this season, but as it stands they have some work to do.
Losing the likes of Viktor Gyokeres and Gustavo Hamer in the summer was always going to be tough to match their best league finish since relegation from the Premier League back in 2000-01. Still, big-money additions like Ellis Simms and record-signing Haji Wright have not hit the ground running to match the heights of last season.
However, one defeat in the previous seven games, a run that includes playing three of the top four, suggests that they may be starting to find a rhythm.
An away point at high-flying Leeds United and an impressive 3-0 victory at Millwall in those results also suggest a change in fortunes on the road, but as it stands only five sides currently have a worse away record than the Sky Blues on their travels.
The bookies have the Lads down as favourites at evens, while an away win is priced at around 5/2 and the draw is 23/10.
Head to head... at Sunderland
- Sunderland wins: 9
- Draws: 10
- Coventry City wins: 2
- Sunderland goals: 24
- Coventry City goals: 11
Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light
Saturday 31st July 2022
Sunderland 1-1 Coventry City
[Clarke 12’ - Gyokeres 84’]
Sunderland: Patterson, Gooch, Ballard, Batth, Cirkin, Clarke, Evans, Neil, Pritchard (Roberts), Embleton (O’Nien), Stewart Substitutes not used: Bass, Hume, Wright, Alese, Simms
Coventry City: Moore, Eccles (Dabo), Bidwell, Hyam, McFadzean (Tavares), Panzo, Allen (Palmer), Sheaf, Gyokeres, Godden (Walker), Hamer Substitutes not used: Wilson, Rose, Doyle
Played for both...
Stern John signed for Sunderland for an undisclosed fee during the 2007 January transfer window after three successful years at Coventry City.
Chipping in with the odd important goal and being an effective option as a substitute to see games out, John was that something different we needed to see us over the line.
He would go on to be a makeweight in the deal that brought his Trinidad and Tobago teammate Kenwyne Jones to Sunderland from Southampton the following season.