Norwich v SAFC

Preview: SAFC v Norwich

by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to Sunday's game. (KO 1.30pm)

Sunderland will be looking to get back to winning ways as they entertain Norwich City at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

And, though the Black Cats are six games without a win, they’ll take confidence from a promising record against the Canaries which has seen them win the last four encounters at the SoL.

Norwich have also struggled in 2013, with just the one league win to their name, however, four points from their last three game is bound to give them confidence, and they are three points above the Black Cats in 14th place.

The Canaries have failed to score on their last four visits to the SoL and have a poor scoring record in 2013 with seven of their 11 matches proving fruitless on the goals front.

Norwich will take confidence from their 2-1 victory at Carrow Road back in December, and will be looking to make Sunderland the first side they have done the double over this season.

A win for the hosts would see them leapfrog Norwich on goal difference and potentially move into the top half of the Barclays Premier League, but the Canaries will have the motivation of moving to 36 points, which is labelled by many as a ballpark figure for survival by many pundits this season.

Grant Holt is the visitors leading scorer with five goals, six behind Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher in the Premier League scoring charts.

Michael Turner will be returning to the SoL for the first time since his summer departure to Norfolk.

The two sides have met on 54 occasions with Norwich coming out on top on 24 occasions - there have been 13 draws and Sunderland have also won 17 of the games between the two sides.


Five of the last six goals scored in Sunderland v Norwich games have come before half-time. Norwich have, however, scored only one first half goal in their nine Premier League games in 2013 so far.

Norwich have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games.

Norwich have drawn six games 0-0 this season, more than any other Premier League side, Sunderland, meanwhile, have four.

Steven Fletcher has scored the first goal of a game on seven occasions in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.

Norwich have scored more direct free kicks than any other team this season but all four came in a spell between November 28 and December 29.

Norwich (10) have scored five times as many headed goals as Sunderland (2) in the Premier League this season.

Robert Snodgrass has picked up four bookings in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Norwich have conceded 4+ goals in six Premier League games this season, more than any other side.