Stephane Sessegnon

Preview: Sunderland v Fulham

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by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to Saturday's game. (KO 3pm)

Sunderland will be looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats as they entertain Fulham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Although the Black Cats haven’t gained a point from their last three games, it’s fair to say they’ve deserved something from all three.

Fulham have struggled in 2013, with only two league wins to their name. However, last weekend’s victory over Stoke City is bound to give them confidence, and they have kept consecutive clean sheets for the first time since February 2012.

Sunderland will take confidence from their 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage back in November this year, and will be looking to make Fulham the second side they have done the double over this season – with Wigan the only other side the Black Cats have beaten home and away.

A Sunderland win would see them leapfrog Fulham and potentially move into 11th place in the Barclays Premier League, but will have the motivation of extending their unbeaten run to three and moving ahead of Stoke City into the top half.

Dimitar Berbatov is one goal behind Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher in the Premier League scoring charts – the Bulgarian has nine with the Scot on ten.

Kieran Richardson will be returning to the SoL for the first time since his summer departure to South London.

The two sides have met on 57 occasions with Sunderland coming out on top on 23 occasions - there have been 17 draws and Fulham have also won 17 of the games between the two sides.

MATCH STATS

Of the players to score 10+ goals in the Premier League, Steven Fletcher has the joint-best shooting accuracy (62.5%).

Stephane Sessegnon has been fouled 71 times; more than any other player in the top flight.