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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Top 3 Predictions
Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City
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Sunderland 2-1 Stoke City
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|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 23, 2013||Stoke City 2 - Sunderland 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||May 7, 2013||Sunderland 1 - Stoke City 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Oct 27, 2012||Stoke City 0 - Sunderland 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 4, 2012||Stoke City 0 - Sunderland 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Sep 18, 2011||Sunderland 4 - Stoke City 0|
|Dec 8, 2013||Sunderland 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|Dec 5, 2013||Sunderland 3 - Chelsea FC 4||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Stoke City 2 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|Nov 10, 2013||Sunderland 1 - Manchester City 0||EPL|
|24||Carlos Javier Cuéllar||Defender|
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