The Black Cats need nothing but a victory

Last updated: January 18, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLWL
Away form: WLWDL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

There are no easy matches in The Premier League, but the home game against Bournemouth seems to be the easiest left to play this season for Sunderland. The Black Cats’ schedule is very unfavourable. Sunderland will have to play against Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham in February, so they’ll be desperately looking for the three points against one of their main competitors in the relegation battle.

The Black Cats lost 4-1 to Tottenham in the 22nd round of The Premier League, but their performance wasn’t that bad. They even took the lead in the 40th minute when Patrick van Aanholt found the net. Sunderland have collected 18 points and are lying in 19th position in the standings, while Bournemouth have won 24 points.

The Cherries won against Norwich 3-0 in the previous round. Bournemouth were simply better and they opened the score-sheet in the 10th minute. Dan Gosling scored for Bournemouth. Then Charlie Daniels showed a great performance and first scored from the penalty spot then later assisted Benik Afobe who found the net, the final score was 3-0. In addition, Bournemouth have already won a match against The Black Cats earlier this season.

Team News

Matt Ritchie is suffering from a tight muscle strain. The midfielder missed the last Cherries’ match and surely won’t play against Sunderland.

Rantie, Gradel, Mings, Wilson and King are also sidelined for Bournemouth. However, The Cherries bought enough quality player during the transfer window, especially attackers.

Younes Kaboul has resumed full training but he won’t start the match because it is too soon from his return after injury.

Matthews and Larsson are the only injured players for Sunderland. There is no exact date when they will return to the pitch.

Quotes of the week

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “I’m very disappointed we conceded four, even though the lads are tired and we ran out of legs.”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “Today was the opposite of Tuesday, we were solid defensively and got goals at good times.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Brown, Jones, O’Shea, van Aanholt, M’Vila, Cattermole, Johnson, Lens, Defoe, Borini.
Subs Pantilimon, Watmore, Graham, Yedlin, Coates, Fletcher, Toivonen
Injured: Larsson, Matthews.
Not available:
Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Iturbe, Gosling, Afobe.
Subs Federici, Grabban, Pugh, Kermorgant, O’Kane, Murray, Elphick.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Rantie, King, Ritchie.
Not available:

Key Battle

defoe Defoe this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (4) 1278 9 2 0 1 2 0
gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
18 (3) 1611 3 1,6 1 0 4 0

So far this season

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Sunderland this season Bournemouth this season
19 League Position 15
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
3-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Norwich
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (2)
5 (9) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (6)
2-6 to Everton Biggest Defeat 1-5 to Man City and Tottenham
Defoe (9) Top scorer Wilson (5)
Johnson (6) Assist Leader Daniels, Ritchie (3)
Y43, R2 Discipline Y33, R1
7 Failures to score 7
3 Clean Sheets 5
12 Both Teams to Score Games 12
13 Over 2.5 Games 11
9 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • This will be only the second ever match between these two teams. Bournemouth won 2-0 against The Black Cats earlier this season. Wilson and Ritchie scored the goals.
  • Sunderland have won only 3 of 10 home games this season. They have finished with a draw twice and have lost 5 matches.
  • Bournemouth have lost only 1 of their last 5 away games. The Cherries even won against Chelsea and West Brom, they drew against Swansea and Leicester.
  • Both teams are separated by 6 points in the standings – Sunderland have collected 18, while Bournemouth have won 24 points.