Sunderland Vs Arsenal | Pre-match 13/14 Player Performance Comparisons

Sunderland Vs Arsenal | Pre-match 13/14 Player Performance Comparisons

Arsenal's victory over local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs was followed by the acquisition of the German playmaker Mesut Özil for a club-record fee of 42.5 million pounds. Sunderland's last game ended in a resounding 3-1 defeat away from home against the newly promoted Crystal Palace. After the international break, the Premier League resumes this weekend with some very important fixtures. Lingering at 19th in the league table with a solitary point, Sunderland prepare to host Arsenal, who on the back of …
Second Season Syndrome for James McClean? | McClean Stats

Second Season Syndrome for James McClean? | McClean Stats

James McClean is on his way out of Sunderland after news that the club have accepted a £2m bid from recently relegated Wigan Athletic, and McClean has confirmed his leaving the club on his personal Twitter account.  This is quite a change from this time last year where he had just taken Sunderland by storm, taking home the club's Young Player of the Year award, getting called up for the Republic of Ireland and signing a new contract that was supposed …
What will Giaccherini bring to Sunderland? Stats compared to Sessegnon

What will Giaccherini bring to Sunderland? Stats compared to Sessegnon

Paolo di Canio has used his Italian contacts to help his Sunderland team grab a real coup in the transfer market. The 45 year old has managed to convince Italian midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini to make the move from Juventus to the North-East for a fee of £6.5 million. The 28 year old has had a glistening career at the Italian champions since signing in August 2011 and in addition has made 14 appearances for his country - appearing at both …
Simon Mignolet signs for Liverpool FC | Mignolet Stats

Simon Mignolet signs for Liverpool FC | Mignolet Stats

Liverpool Football Club have confirmed the signing of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland. The Liverpool Echo had earlier reported that Mignolet would cost Liverpool an initial £9m with a further £1m in performance related bonuses. Mignolet joins after an excellent 12/13 season in which he saved 73% of shots on target faced, 68% of shots faced from within the box and 45% of clear-cut chances conceded by Sunderland. All of these figures were better than Liverpool's current number one keeper Pepe …
Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Struggling Premier League side Sunderland have named Paolo Di Canio as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal. The controversial Italian took over on Sunday after the sacking of Martin O’Neil and has seven-league games to save  Sunderland from relegation and help them climb the table. Their last match saw The Black Cats slump to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and left them in 16th position, one point from the relegation zone. This will be Di Canio’s …
Sunderland vs Manchester United | Match Preview & Player Stats

Sunderland vs Manchester United | Match Preview & Player Stats

Following Manchester City's shock defeat at Goodison Park coupled with Manchester United's victory over Reading just hours later the gap between the two Manchester clubs now stands at fifteen points, with Manchester United having the opportunity to extend that to eighteen in the early kick off against Sunderland. With the general consensus that the title race is now all but over Sir Alex will be more determined than ever to ensure his players guard against any form of  complacency, with the …
Sunderland – A lost season?

Sunderland – A lost season?

Hopes were high for Sunderland fans at the beginning of this season. Martin O’Neil’s first full season in charge and some big money transfer’s to look forward to on the pitch. But this season hasn’t exactly gone to plan thus far… Sunderland currently find themselves 15th in the Premier League table and are bottom in the league form table with just two points from 18, dangerously close to slipping into the relegation zone with 31 points, just four above 18th …