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  • May 12, 2013
  • • 22:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
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Sunderland - Southampton Preview: Graham looks to end goal drought and steer Black Cats away from relegation

Sunderland - Southampton Preview: Graham looks to end goal drought and steer Black Cats away from relegation

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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
18Alfred 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

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