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Match Preview: Sunderland v Hull City - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

After broadcasting our defeat at Portman Road, the Sky cameras have followed us back to the Stadium of Light for tonight’s fixture against Hull City. Here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

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Friday 19th January 2024

(7th) Sunderland v Hull City (9th)


Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 20:00

Tickets & Match Coverage

Tickets: Tickets are available via

TV/Stream: Full live match coverage is available via Sky Sports.

Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

Don’t forget to follow the blow-by-blow account of the game on the Roker Report Twitter feed (@RokerReport) and check out the player ratings after the full-time whistle at!

The build-up...

It always seems to be a rollercoaster following the Lads – even in the same 90 minutes. I think most of us would have taken a point at Ipswich Town ahead of kick-off, but the impact of taking the lead, having chances to win the game later on, and conceding two avoidable goals meant that the defeat felt that little bit worse than it maybe should have.

As has been the case for almost 18 months in the Championship, consistency is the big question mark, despite sitting seventh on goal difference without arguably having found our rhythm this season.

Taking Mike Dodds’ games in charge out of the equation, we won two of Tony Mowbray’s last nine league games in charge, and Mike Beale has won two of his five Championship fixtures so far – but within those five games, the performance level has varied from game to game.

Tonight presents another opportunity to see how the new head coach might impact our style of play. Now we are on the other side of the festive season, and there are actual days on the training pitch... unless they’re frozen, of course.

Ipswich Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship - Portman Road Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images

After taking charge in November 2022 following the departure of Shota Arveladze earlier in the season, Liam Rosenior steered Hull City into the relative safety of mid-table from a position where they hovered dangerously above the relegation places.

This year, in his first full season in charge of the club, Rosenior is not only gaining attention and plaudits for steering Hull to a position where they sit only a point outside of the play-off spots with over half the season behind us, but also for the possession-based football they are developing.

If the season ended today with Hull in 9th place, it would be their highest league finish since dropping from the Premier League in 2016-17. But despite their impressive current league position, their form has taken a wobble recently.

Hull have lost four of the last five Championship fixtures, and away from home, they have only won once in the last six.

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Liam Rosenior, Manager of Hull City
Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

The betting...

The bookies have the Lads as favourites to collect maximum points at evens, with the visitors priced at 12/5, and the draw is also around 12/5.

Head to head... at Sunderland

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 14
  • Draws: 5
  • Hull City wins: 6
  • Sunderland goals: 39
  • Hull City goals: 23

Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light

Friday 7th April 2023


Sunderland 4-4 Hull City

[Gelhardt 21’, Diallo 22’, (pen) 73’, Clarke 81’ - Turfan 11’, (pen) 90’, Saayyadmanesh 25’, Slater 66’]

Sunderland: Patterson, Hume, O’Nien, Batth, Gooch, Neil, Michut (Ekwah), Roberts, Diallo, Clarke, Gelhardt (Prtichard) Substitutes not used: Bass, Cirkin, Anderson, Ba, Lihadji

Hull City: Darlow, Coyle, Greaves, Seri (Longman), Jones, McLoughlin, Sayyadmanesh (Ebiowei), Slater, Turfan, Traore, Pelkas (Docherty) Substitutes not used: Ingram, Elder, Woods, Simons

Attendance: 40,676

Sunderland v Hull City - Sky Bet Championship
Amad Diallo and Patrick Roberts celebrate one of the eight goals that were scored when the two sides last met at the Stadium of Light
Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Played for both...

Billy Whitehurst

Apparently, the only player Vinnie Jones said publicly that he feared. Denis Smith signed him for Sunderland after seeing him in pre-season covered in bruises after an altercation with a nightclub bouncer the evening before.

He signed for Sunderland from Reading early in the 1988-89 season, to mainly scare the life out of opposition defenders, but also scored a handful of goals, including a brilliant diving header at home to Leeds in a 2-1 win.

After a quick four months at Roker, Whitehurst was soon sold to Hull in part exchange for Tony Norman in December 1988, and on his return to Roker with Hull in the February, he was shown red for an altercation with Gordon Armstrong.

He’d already spent five years at Boothferry Park in the early 80s – by far the longest he stayed anywhere in a nomadic career that saw him stop off at Oxford, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Stoke, among many others.

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Billy Whitehurst in action for Sheffield United
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