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  • 12 May 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: M. Dean
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose 
N'Diaye, Vaughan 

Johnson, Larsson, McClean
Graham
SOUTHAMPTON

Boruc
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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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
16John O'SheaDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
-Alfred N'diayeMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
5Kader ManganeDefender
-Liam MarrsDefender
-David VaughanMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
-Mikael MandronStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
3Maya YoshidaDefender
5Vegard ForrenDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
33Steve de RidderStriker
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Manchester City winger has not had the greatest of season's with the Black Cats in this campaign but the England international has the ability to create something out of nothing. Sunderland are lacking in creativity and goals at the moment - especially from their forwards. Johnson needs to contribute more to the team's cause and he has the perfect opportunity against Southampton on Sunday.
Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 17-year-old left-back has taken the Premier League by storm this season with a string of impressive performances. Defensively solid and strong going forward, he has been one of the shining stars in a Saints squad that has done well to establish itself as a Premier League side. His job on Sunday will be to ensure that Adam Johnson on the Sunderland wing has yet another quiet game. If he can nullify the threat posed by the silky winger then Southampton have a great chance of coming away from the Stadium of Light with a positive result.
Prediction
Both sides could really do with a victory - but neither can afford to lose. When this is the case more often than not the game ends in a draw. Sunderland are struggling for goals with all three of their top scorers currently unavailable for Paolo Di Canio. Danny Graham is yet to score and is set to face a goalkeeper who has made the second most saves this season. Southampton are in poor form having failed to score in their last three games, and they are also not yet safe from relegation.
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