Sunderland v Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Sunderland v Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Sunderland welcome Stoke City to the Stadium of Light in a repeat of last week’s League Cup fixture. Sunderland have had an indifferent start after their great escape at the end of last season. Despite only suffering 1 defeat in 6 matches in the league, Sunderland have yet to win a game having drawn the other 5. Their inability to turn draws into victories sees the North East club sit in 17th place. Stoke City have equalled their club-record away …
Has Lee Cattermole Gone Too Far This Time?

Has Lee Cattermole Gone Too Far This Time?

Lee Cattermole has one of the worst disciplinary records in the league after collecting his seventh Premier League red card against Hull City on Saturday. The challenge resulted in former Sunderland and current Hull manager saying he was 'thankful' that he is no longer the midfielder's manager. Paulo di Canio tried to get rid of Cattermole in the summer after stripping him of the captaincy but he has since undergone a resurgence under Gus Poyet. This latest example of Cattermole's …
Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

The holding midfielder has become a prominent role in the majority of sides in the Premier League. In our opinion the lack of a "midfield enforcer", effectively, cost Manchester United the title last season. I've heard a lot of Manchester United supporters bemoan the lack of strength (in terms of power not finesse) centrally in their midfield. What we're analysing here is the amount of tackles placed by these defensive midfielders and the amount they win to break up the …
Cattermole & Vaughan | Winning Formula

Cattermole & Vaughan | Winning Formula

[caption id="attachment_8069" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Man Manager Martin"][/caption] Finally, Sunderlands’ season has taken off and things are starting to look rosy again on Wearside. Now sitting in 10th position in the league after an emphatic win at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, quite how Martin O’Neill has transformed a club in such a short space of time is anyone’s guess. The secret may well lie in what Steve Bruce might like to think of as a parting gift in the shape …
Newcastle 1  Sunderland 1 - Stats Analysis

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 - Stats Analysis

New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

[caption id="attachment_5639" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Seb Larsson"][/caption] Last weekends’ draw at home to Aston Villa saw Steve Bruce’ claim his side would soon “click together” and that consequently the team’s results would improve. Had Stephane Sessengnon’s late intervention not garnered a point, that improvement may well have been somebody else’s concern, but to be fair to the manager, some analysis of his summer recruits may bring cause for optimism. It was always going to be difficult for the side to perform …
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