Premier League: Sunderland v Stoke match preview
A look ahead to Monday’s Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light
Friday 03 May 2013
Sunderland may be 15th but their safety in the top flight is far from assured. They remain five points clear of Wigan but the Latics have a game in hand. Stoke meanwhile, have made it near-impossible for themselves to drop down to the Championship.
The Black Cats are on the back of a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa on Monday. But prior to that, new manager Paulo Di Canio had breathed new life into Wearside. The Italian’s first game in charge saw two unfortunate goals go against his side at Chelsea, followed by two wins against Everton and arch rivals Newcastle, with clean sheets no less.
The home side should be confident they can walk away with the three points. The Potters have not won at the Stadium of Light for 19 years, and with an away game against Tottenham still left to play, it is important they keep that record going.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Stoke 0 Sunderland 0, Premier League, October 2012.
Stoke 0 Sunderland 1 (McClean), Premier League, February 2012.
Sunderland 4 (Bramble, Woodgate, Gardner, Larsson) Stoke 0, Premier League, September 2011.
Stoke have not scored against Sunderland in the last three meetings.
Stoke last won at the Stadium of Light in April 1994.
Sunderland have picked up six points out of 12 since the arrival of Paulo Di Canio.
Sunderland have scored 10 goals in seven games against the Potters.
Sunderland to win: 2.00
Stoke to win: 4.00
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm, highlights on Sky Sports 1 at 1am, Tuesday.
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