Sunderland - Southampton Preview: Graham looks to end goal drought and steer Black Cats away from relegation
The Saints travel to Wearside to face Paolo Di Canio's men, who know a win is vital if they are to propel themselves away from the drop zone and ensure their top-flight status
By Matt Hill
Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose
Johnson, Larsson, McClean
Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw
Davis, Schneiderlin, Cork,
Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez
Sunderland will be without Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) who have been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner (both suspended) are the other absentees, but Connor Wickham (calf) could be fit and give Paolo Di Canio a much needed boost up front. The England Under-21 striker has been absent for the last month after suffering a calf strain against Chelsea.
Seb Larsson is a slight doubt but he is expected to be fit. David Vaughan is expected to replace the suspended Gardner and Danny Rose will play his last game for the Black Cats as he is ineligible to face parent club Tottenham on the final day of the season.
Southampton will have to make do without influential forward Gaston Ramirez whilst he continues to serve his suspension for the red card he picked up against West Brom.
Richard Chaplow (back) is still unavailable for Mauricio Pocchettino but Danny Fox could return after completing his suspension.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sunderland have won 38% of Premier League games David Vaughan has played in this season (8/21) and just 7% without him (1/14).
- Danny Graham has now played for 13 hours in the Premier League since he last scored a league goal.
- Only once in 58 Premier League home matches have Sunderland won after trailing at half-time (D13 L44).
Sunderland’s last two Premier League goals have come from defenders.
- Southampton have gone 301 minutes without a Premier League goal.
Rickie Lambert has created 78 goal scoring chances from open play this season, only Luis Suarez has more.
Morgan Schneiderlin (pictured right) has made more interceptions than any other player in the Top 4 European leagues in 2013.
Simon Mignolet has made 132 saves this season, only Jussi Jääskeläinen has made more (157).
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Sunderland 2-1 Southampton
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|Premier League (EPL)||18 Jan 2014||Sunderland 2 - Southampton 2|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||6 Nov 2013||Sunderland 2 - Southampton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||24 Aug 2013||Southampton 1 - Sunderland 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||12 May 2013||Sunderland 1 - Southampton 1|
|9 Mar 2014||Hull City 3 - Sunderland 0||FA|
|2 Mar 2014||Manchester City 3 - Sunderland 1||CCUP|
|22 Feb 2014||Arsenal FC 4 - Sunderland 1||EPL|
|15 Feb 2014||Sunderland 1 - Southampton 0||FA|
|8 Feb 2014||Sunderland 0 - Hull City 2||EPL|
|24||Carlos Javier Cuéllar||Defender|
|6||Jose Rocha Fonte||Defender|
|33||Steve de Ridder||Striker|