Stoke City v Sunderland – Match Preview

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

Two of the Premier League‘s draw specialists meet at the Britannia Stadium this Saturday, as Stoke City welcome Sunderland.

Both teams are locked together on 8 points in the Premier League table, with both needing a win to really start pushing on.

Stoke will be looking to benefit from home advantage, having not lost in their last ten meetings at the Britannia. Sunderland were in fact the last team to win at Stoke, going back to February.

Martin O’Neill will be looking for a repeat performance, but will be mindful of the fact Sunderland have gone 11 games without a win on the road since.

Stoke boss Pulis could welcome midfielder Glenn Whelan back into his starting line up, after he returned to training on Thursday having recovered from the hamstring problem he picked up in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

Sunderland are set to welcome Lee Cattermole back after serving a three match suspension for his dismissal at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble remain doubtful.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-2 Sunderland 

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