Allardyce hopes Sunderland will win again

Last updated: December 8, 2015 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: LWWLL
Away form: WWLLW
Last season: 4-2
Competition: The Premier League

Sunderland, unfortunately lost to Arsenal 1-3 in the 15th round of The Premier League at The Emirates Stadium, but showed nice attacking football and were unlucky to score only one goal in Arsenal’s net. Sam Allardyce’s team is in really good form, having won 3 of their last 6 games. In addition, The Black Cats have significantly improved their performance in defence and have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 6 matches.

What to say about Watford? The Hornets are one of the most pleasing surprises of the season. They have won 6 of 15 games. Watford have lost only 5 matches. That’s why The Hornets are lying in 9th place with 22 points collected. They totally outplayed Norwich in their last Premiership match and eventually absolutely deservedly won 2-0. In addition, Ighalo and Deeney are on top form, having scored 14 goals in total. Sunderland played very successfully against Watford at home. The Black Cats have won 6 of 10 matches against The Hornets at The Stadium of Light. Watford have recorded just one away victory against Sunderland and 5 in total. So, despite Sunderland’s lower position in the standings, they are the favourite for the game.

Team News

Jermaine Defoe is suffering from a hamstring problem. He missed the last match against Arsenal and won’t take part in this upcoming fixture.

Sebastian Larsson is the other main omission for Sunderland. The Swedish international has received a knee injury.

Valon Behrami still hasn’t recovered from his knee injury and will be sidelined for Watford. Gilmartin is having the same problem.

Prodl and Ekstrand are also injured for Watford. Prodl is suffering from a calf injury; Ekstrand is very close to his return to the pitch, but is still not ready to play.

Quotes of the week

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “We will go into the big games as the underdogs and tell the lads to enjoy themselves because nobody expects you to get a result.”

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I love my strikers and I love the team we have.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (3-4-3): Pantilimon, Kaboul, Coates, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Borini, Fletcher.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Watmore, Jordi Gomez, Jones, Matthews, Toivonen
Injured: Defoe, Larsson
Not available:
Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Anya, Abdi, Layun, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Diamanti, Berghuis, Watson, Dyer, Paredes, Arlauskis, Ibarbo.
Injured: Ekstrand, Prodl, Gilmartin, Behrami.
Not available:

Key Battle

Borini this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (1) 528 0 1,6 0 0 3 0
deeney Deeney this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 1344 5 2,9 4 0 3 0

So far this season

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Sunderland this season Watford this season
19 League Position 9
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
3-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-0 vs. Stoke, West Ham and Norwich
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (2)
3 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (2)
2-6 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Defoe, Fletcher (4) Top scorer Ighalo (9)
M’Vila (3) Assist Leader Deeney (4)
Y30, R2 Discipline Y27, R1
5 Failures to score 5
3 Clean Sheets 6
7 Both Teams to Score Games 6
8 Over 2.5 Games 6
7 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Sunderland have won 4 consecutive home matches against Watford. The last and only time The Hornets won at The Stadium of Light was 21 years ago.
  • Watford have lost only 2 of 7 away matches this season. They have won on 3 occasions and have conceded 10 goals.
  • The Black Cats have conceded only 4 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches at The Stadium of Light. They have lost 2 of these games.
  • Sunderland won the last game between these two teams. The match was played 8 years ago; the competition was The Championship and the final score was 4-2.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/02/05 The Championship Sunderland 4-2 Watford Stewart 18′
19/10/04 The Championship Watford 1-1 Sunderland Ardley 9′
07/02/04 The Championship Watford 2-2 Sunderland Gavin Mahon
25/08/03 The Championship Sunderland 2-0 Watford Stewart 40′
27/11/99 The Premier League Watford 2-3 Sunderland