Sunderland - Stoke City Preview: Di Canio's men looking to bounce back after Villa drubbing
Paolo Di Canio's side sit five points above the relegation zone after suffering a 6-1 defeat at Villa Park last Monday, while Tony Pulis' men have reached the 40-point mark
Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose
Johnson, Larsson, McClean
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Adam, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Walters
Sunderland will be without Stephane Sessegnon for the rest of the campaign after the forward picked up a red card during the club's 6-1 defeat against Aston Villa last Monday.
Paolo Di Canio is also likely to be without Connor Wickham (calf) while both Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) are long-term casualties.
For Stoke, Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson are both expected to shake off knocks to start on Monday evening.
Marc Wilson could be out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sunderland strikers Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon (pictured right) have scored 46 per cent of Sunderland's goals in the Premier League this season. Both are missing for Monday's clash.
- Only QPR (12) have scored fewer goals at home than Sunderland (18) this season.
- Sunderland average only one fewer long ball per game than Stoke.
- Stoke average 13 fouls per game in the Premier League, the highest of any side in the division.
- Tony Pulis' side average the highest aerial duel success rate (58.4%) in the Premier League.
- Stoke share the worst record in front of goal on the road this season with West Ham. Both sides have netted only 11 times on their travels.
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Danny Graham has not scored for Sunderland since his arrival in the January transfer window, and with both Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher out, Paolo Di Canio will require the 27-year-old to step up his contribution. The poor service provided for Graham in the club's heavy defeat to Aston Villa last Monday nullified the striker's threat and his team-mates will have to increase their efforts in order to penetrate a Stoke City side who have kept two consecutive clean sheets.
Charlie Adam's strike against Norwich secured back-to-back wins for Stoke City to ease their relegation fears and the midfielder's display could not have come at a better time for Tony Pulis' side. With Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome both unreliable sources to provide an extended run in front of goal, Adam will need to boost his own tally in order to maintain the club's push towards safety.
Sunderland could struggle for goals in this tie with both of their regular scorers out of the frame. Danny Graham hasn't shown any indication that he is able to carry the scoring torch, which will be a concern for Paolo Di Canio. Stoke, meanwhile, have secured back-to-back wins and suddenly the threat of relegation has been marginalised. It's unlikely we will see a flurry of goals but Stoke should be capable of escaping the Stadium of Light with a point.
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