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  • August 17, 2013
  • • 22:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 43905

Sunderland - Fulham Preview: Di Canio revolution continues with Cottagers clash

Sunderland - Fulham Preview: Di Canio revolution continues with Cottagers clash


The Black Cats manager has so far signed a total of 11 new players this summer after joining the club towards the end of last term, and is "excited" about the campaign ahead

Paolo Di Canio begins his first full season in charge of Sunderland when they welcome Fulham to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Italian ensured his side narrowly avoided relegation courtesy of a 17th-place finish last season, after he replaced Martin O'Neill at the back end of March.

Di Canio believes his side needed a "revolution" during the summer and went about reshaping his squad with no less than 11 new signings ahead of the new campaign.

And the 45-year-old has been impressed with the application of his additions and is eagerly anticipating the start of the season when they welcome Martin Jol's men.

"The fans are all excited, it is the first season for a few years they feel excited to see the new team because there are many changes," the manager told the club's official website.

9/1 Sunderland are 9/1 with bet365 to beat Fulham 2-0
"This year we brought in 11 players. It won't be like that all the time but it was needed because we needed a revolution.

"I can't wait, I am curious to see my team. I'm very excited because it's the first game where you play for points."

Sunderland head into the game without suspended duo Craig Gardner and David Vaughan, while injured trio Wes Brown, Phil Bardsley and Steven Fletcher will all miss the game and Lee Cattermole remains a major doubt.

They have 21 wins to Fulham's 16 in their league head-to-head record, but were held to a 2-2 draw at home by the Craven Cottage outfit on March 2.

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland is focusing on achieving safety as early as possible in the Premier League, despite investment into the club from American billionaire Shahid Khan over the summer.

The Norwegian defender believes the London club have overachieved in the top-flight considering the vast sums of money spent by rival sides.

“My concern every year is to get 40 points as early as possible,” he told The Fulham Chronicle.

“It might be a lack of ambition to say it, but I’m happy just to stay in the league because so many teams are investing constantly.

“We’re punching above our weight, and having been here so long I know our strength relative to other clubs, and we need to stay modest."

Cottager boss Jol could hand a competitive debut to Moroccan Adel Taarabt, who has arrived on a season-long loan deal from QPR, though new loan signing Darren Bent could miss out due to being short on fitness.

The former Tottenham manager has a near-full squad to choose from ahead of the season opener, although midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic is likely to miss out after picking up a hamstring injury a 1-0 pre-season defeat to Werder Bremen in July.

Jol's biggest task this season will be improving his side’s away form, having seen them win just four times on their travels last season.


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