Can Sunderland maintain their good performance?

Last updated: November 26, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWDLL
Away form: LWDLW
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Sunderland left with three points from their visit to Crystal Palace in the final game of the 13th round of The Premier League. The Black Cats won 1-0, but the success was a gift by the hosts who made a blunder in defence in the 80th minute and allowed Jermain Defoe to score the only goal in the game. The match was pretty level and both teams had their chances to score, but eventually Scott Dann made a terrible error, which sent the points to the visiting team.

Stoke won 1-0 in their last Premiership away match against Southampton. Bojan Krkić scored the only goal in the 10th minute. The Spaniard scored with a technical shot, after a great delivery from Pieters. In the second half, the visitors could have achieved a second goal, but Xherdan Shaqiri sent the ball just wide. Contrary to expectations, until the end of the second part, The Potters were the team with more clear chances and left with a more convincing performance. Afellay and Arnautovic missed great goal-scoring chances and eventually the final score was 0-1.

Team News

Billy Jones is going to miss the game for The Black Cats. The defender has collected 5 yellow cards, which means he is going to be suspended for one match.

Shay Given is suffering from a knee injury. The Irish goalkeeper is expected to return to full training in December.

The Spaniard Joselu has received an injury in a training session and is sidelined for the game against Sunderland.

Adam Matthews has finally recovered from his injury. The defender has played only 36 minutes for The Black Cats so far.

Quotes of the week

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “It’s difficult for everyone here at the moment but we have to face these difficulties.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “We are doing OK on the road and we need to keep it going.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (4-4-2): Pantilimon, Kaboul, Coates, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Defoe, Fletcher.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Borini, Jordi Gomez, Larsson, Matthews, Toivonen
Not available: Jones
Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Walters.
Subs Haugaard, Wollscheid, Diouf, Crouch, van Ginkel, Adam, Ireland.
Injured: Given, Joselu
Not available:

Key Battle

defoe Defoe this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 (3) 779 4 1,8 0 0 2 0
arnautovic Arnautovic this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (1) 927 3 1,6 2 0 1 0

So far this season

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Sunderland this season Stoke this season
10 League Position 17
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (3)
3-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-1 vs. Bournemouth
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (3)
3 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (1)
2-6 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Arsenal and Watford
Defoe, Fletcher (4) Top scorer Bojan, Diouf, Arnautovic (3)
M’Vila (3) Assist Leader Johnson, Arnautovic (2)
Y29, R2 Discipline Y20, R2
5 Failures to score 5
2 Clean Sheets 5
6 Both Teams to Score Games 4
7 Over 2.5 Games 3
6 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Stoke City feel very uncomfortable when visiting The Stadium of Light. The Potters have won only 6 of 47 matches. In comparison, Sunderland have recorded 26 victories.
  • Sunderland have conceded 8 goals in 6 home games this season. The Black Cats have lost 3 of these matches and have won only once.
  • The Potters have lost only one away match. They were defeated by Arsenal 0-2. Three of their visits this season ended with 1-0 victory for Stoke.
  • The Black Cats have kept a clean sheet on only two occasions in their last 13 matches in The Premier League. Their defence is one of the worst in the division.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/04/15 The Premier League Stoke 1-1 Sunderland Wickham 1′
04/10/14 The Premier League Sunderland 3-1 Stoke Wickham 4′
23/09/14 The Capital One Cup Sunderland 1-2 Stoke J. Altidore 16′
29/01/14 The Premier League Sunderland 1-0 Stoke A. Johnson 17′
23/11/13 The Premier League Stoke 2-0 Sunderland C. Adam 30′