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Preview: Stoke v Sunderland

by Stuart Vose

Match preview ahead of Britannia trip.

Sunderland head to the Potteries this weekend for a Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke City.

The Black Cats did the double over Tony Pulis’ side last season, winning 4-0 on Wearside and 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

City have gone 10 league games unbeaten at home since Sunderland’s victory at the Britannia, achieved by a lone James McClean goal in snow-bound conditions.

However, they have drawn six of those matches, winning the other four.

The Potters have failed to score in five of their last seven Barclays Premier League games against the Black Cats.

Last season’s win in the Potteries snapped a run of four successive Stoke victories in this fixture.

It’s been a different story at the Stadium of Light, though, where Sunderland have never lost to Stoke.

Saturday’s game will be the 140th between the two sides, with the Black Cats holding the advantage with 62 victories to Stoke’s 43. A further 34 games have ended in draws.

The two sides are separated only by goal difference, with the Potters just above Sunderland in 13th place.

City have won one and drawn two of their three home games this season, scoring three goals and conceding just one.

Pulis’ side have scored a league-high 75% of their goals from headers this season and have scored the fewest goals (three) from open play of any Barclays Premier League team.

They went down 4-2 at Manchester United last time out, finding the net through a Wayne Rooney own goal and a second-half strike from Michael Kightly.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are looking for their first league win of the season away from home and have scored three goals on the road while conceding six.