Can Allardyce finally outsmart Wenger?

Last updated: April 21, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Sunday, 2:05pm
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLDDD
Away form: DDWWL
Last season: 0-2
Competition: The Premier League

The Black Cats desperately need fresh points. They are lying 18th in the Premier League standings. But the match against Arsenal, for sure, won’t be easy for Sunderland. The Black cats have played against Arsenal on two occasions this season and lost 1-3 in both matches.

Arsenal have no chance of the title, but The Gunners will fight for direct qualification in the group stages of The Champions League. Arsene Wenger’s players are currently lying in 4th place with 60 points collected, just 1 point below 3rd-placed Manchester City. Moreover, Arsenal have lost only 1 of their last 7 Premier League away games (2 victories, 4 draws and 1 defeat).

The Gunners have won 6 of their last 7 games against Sunderland. In addition, Arsene Wenger’s players have scored 16 goals in these games (3 of the matches finished 3-1 for Arsenal; a correct score). The Gunners have also kept a clean sheet on 3 occasions. So, Arsenal are the favourites for winning the match at The Stadium of Light, but they shouldn’t underestimate the Sunderland team, who are fighting for Premier League survival.

Team News

Sam Allardyce can be happy, because all of his players are fit. So, ‘Big’ Sam can play his best players against Arsenal on Sunday.

Santi Cazorla is still injured for Arsenal. He has a problem with his Achilles. The Spaniard has recorded only 14 appearances in The Premier League this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has resumed full training. So, the winger can be selected by the manager for the game against The Black Cats.

Duncan Watmore scored his third goal of the season in the match against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The 22-year-old player can start for Sunderland.

Quotes of the week

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) :
“It’s the biggest performance and win of the season for us.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) :
“Wilshere is available for selection from next game.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Rodwell, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.
Subs Lens, Watmore, Cattermole, O’Shea, Larsson, Jones, N’Doye.
Not available:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny, El Nenny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Iwobi, Ozil, Welbeck.
Subs Gibbs, Walcott, Mertesacker, Ospina, Wilshere, Ramsey, Giroud.
Injured: Cazorla.
Not available:

Key Battle

Borini this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
18 (4) 1586 4 2 2 0 5 0
olivier giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
21 (12) 2000 12 2,6 4 0 2 0

So far this season

. . .
Sunderland this season Arsenal this season
18 League Position 4
4 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 9 (8)
3-0 vs. Newcastle and Norwich Biggest win 4-0 vs. Watford
5 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (5)
7 (10) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (4)
2-6 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Southampton
Defoe (13) Top scorer Giroud (12)
Johnson (5) Assist Leader Ozil (18)
Y55, R2 Discipline Y34, R4
11 Failures to score 7
5 Clean Sheets 14
18 Both Teams to Score Games 15
17 Over 2.5 Games 17
16 Under 2.5 Games 16
  • Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 Premier League games away from The Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are undefeated in their last 5 league matches.
  • The Black Cats only lost 1 of their last 4 matches at The Stadium of Light. But, Sam Allardyce’s players only won 1 of these games.
  • Sunderland have won 30 of 70 home matches against Arsenal, while The Gunners have recorded just 18 away victories.
  • The Black Cats have lost 7 of 16 home games in The Premier League this season. They have conceded 18 and have scored 17 goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/01/16 The FA Cup Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland J. Lens 17′
05/12/15 The Premier League Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland J. Campbell 33′
20/05/15 The Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
25/10/14 The Premier League Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal A. Sánchez 30′
22/02/14 The Premier League Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland O. Giroud 5′