Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso, Johnson, Cattermole, Colback, Borini, Ki, Fletcher
Fresh off their momentous win against Man Utd in the Capital One Cup, Sunderland will be hoping to turn the tables in the Premier League. Adam Johnson has been terrorising defences recently and Vito Mannone has showed real class in goal.
Stoke(4-4-1-1): Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Assaidi; Adam, Crouch
Stoke sit in 14th, just four points above Sunderland and last time out in the Premier League were beaten by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Charlie Adam showed his quality against Liverpool recently and will be a key man to watch against The Black Cats.
So Ryan has broke his wrist but will more than likely play. Der der der der, Ryan Shawcross! #scfc
— Steve Collins (@SCFCSteveC) January 28, 2014
Stoke City expected to complete a deal for Peter Odemwingie this afternoon he’ll go straight into the squad for Sunderland tomorrow.
— Matt Sandoz (@mattsandoz1) January 28, 2014
Pavarotti eat your heart out…..
Sunderland v Stoke City: An Alternative Preview
Sunderland have conceded five own goals this season, more than any other side in the Barclays Premier League.
Stoke have the worst away record in the Barclays Premier League this season with just five points from 11 games and a goal difference of -16.
There have been red cards in three of the last four Barclays Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Stoke.
There have been just five goals scored in the last four Premier League games between Stoke and Sunderland.
Adam Johnson has scored four goals in his last two Premier League appearances.
Johnson has scored or assisted each of Sunderland’s last six Premier League goals.
27 different players have started a Premier League game for the Black Cats this season; no side has given more players a start in 2013/14.
Stoke have won 61% of their aerial duels this season, by some way the highest proportion in the top-flight.
Half of the 20 Scottish goals scored in the Premier League have come from Sunderland and Stoke (five each).
Sunderland have picked up 1.1 points per game in the matches (12 games) Lee Cattermole has started this season but only 0.5 in those he hasn’t (10 games).