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  • 27 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 27005
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Stoke - Sunderland Preview: Hosts look to maintain 10-match unbeaten run at home

Tony Pulis' men look to extend their undefeated record at the Britannia, whilst the Black Cats chase their first away win to reverse their uninspired start to the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE

Begovic
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
N'Zonzi, Whelan
Walters, Adam, Kightly
Crouch
SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose
Cattermole, Gardner
 Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean

Fletcher

Stoke enter the tie with a clean bill of health, as Glenn Whelan (hamstring) is expected to return after missing out on his side's defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Ireland international looks set to replace Dean Whitehead, partnering Steven N'Zonzi in the centre of midfield.

Sunderland will be boosted by the return of Lee Cattermole from suspension, while Phil Bardsley (ankle) is set to return after making the substitutes' bench in Saturday's clash with Newcastle.

The right-back's return could mean that Craig Gardner returns to a more familiar midfield role, although he will have to battle it out with Sebastian Larsson and Jack Colback for a place in the starting lineup,

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke have not lost a Premier League tie at the Britannia in 10 matches, dating back to a 1-0 loss to Sunderland in February.
  • The Potters have only conceded one goal at home this season.
  • However, Tony Pulis' men have only managed one win in all competitions this season.
  • Dean Whitehead has picked up two yellow cards and one red card in just 5 matches in the top-flight this season.
  • The home side have taken five points from their last five Premier League fixtures, but this includes ties with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
  • Sunderland have not managed a win on the road in the Premier League this season.
  • All of the visitors' six goals this season have come from Steven Fletcher (pictured right), with the exception of a Demba Ba own-goal.
  • Stephane Sessegnon has not scored since March, going a total of 15 matches without hitting the back of the net.
  • Since the 2010-11 Premier League season, only Cheikh Tiote (27 yellow, 1 red) has received more cards than Lee Cattermole (18y, 3r).
  • In the Black Cats' derby match with Newcastle, they played a higher proportion of short passes (93.4 per cent) than any other side in the top-flight this weekend.

Players to watch

R. Shawcross

Position: Defender

Games: 9

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  • 3
  • 0
With the retirement of John Terry from international football, there has been a lot of talk of late surrounding Shawcross' role in the England setup. The Potters' captain has just turned 25 and many feel that the best is still to come from the former Manchester United man. He will be fully aware that all eyes are on him, so expect to see the aerial dominance and hard-hitting tackling that the young centre-back has earned himself a reputation for.

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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  • 0
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Steven Fletcher has been relied upon too heavily so far, and if Martin O'Neil's men are to climb the table Sessegnon will need to find his shooting boots soon. The Benin international was handed Sunderland's Player of the Season award for his dazzling displays last year, but if he doesn't find that form again soon then he could find his place under threat.

Editor's Prediction

Stoke have turned the Britannia into a fortress since gaining promotion to the Premier League, and have only conceded one goal there this season. With Martin O'Neil's Sunderland side so far struggling to find the net this term, the challenge posed by a physical Potters' defence may prove too strong to break down.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Sunderland

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
37%
32%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
1 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN

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