Sunderland vs Southampton FA Cup Preview | Team News, Facts and Key Men

Sunderland vs Southampton FA Cup Preview | Team News, Facts and Key Men

The early kick-off in the latest round of FA Cup matches is a mouth watering all-Premier League clash between high flying Southampton and relegation threatened Sunderland. In terms of league results, both these teams have picked up in recent weeks with Southampton now undefeated in six Premier League outings with three victories to their credit, whereas Poyet’s Sunderland side have been defeated just twice in their last ten league games - a monumental improvement which has also coincided with their …
EPL Defensive Index | Sunderland, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham

EPL Defensive Index | Sunderland, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham

The 2013/14 campaign has undoubtedly been the most competitive in last few years - with less than half a season left, there are still fierce battles being fought in both top and bottom of a table. It's hard to make much out of a simple look at teams' standings, as the point differences are small enough to make falling from 4th to 8th or soaring from 20th to 15th possible within just 3 game weeks' time. Having said that, it …
Sunderland vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Sunderland welcome Aston Villa to the Stadium of Light to start the second half of the season in 2014, with both sides needing three points; Paul Lambert's side are just 4 points above the relegation zone, while Sunderland sit bottom of the pile. Team News It's unsure whether Fabio Borini will be available for the game due to his condition during half-time against Cardiff City. Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar face late fitness tests for the trip up to the …
Player Performance Analysis | Wes Brown Vs Manchester City

Player Performance Analysis | Wes Brown Vs Manchester City

Going into a difficult game, new manager Gus Poyet took a gamble in only his fourth league game in charge at Sunderland. Poyet brought his veteran centre-back, Wes Brown, back from the cold to make his first league start since January 2012. Brown showed that Poyet's faith was well placed and put in a terrific performance to help Sunderland to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Poyet described the game as "the biggest win of his managerial career" and Wes …
Sunderland Vs Arsenal Match Preview | Key Men, Stats & Odds

Sunderland Vs Arsenal Match Preview | Key Men, Stats & Odds

This weekend will see struggling Sunderland face Arsenal at the Stadium Of Light in a match where the focus will be more on one player than the other 21 on the pitch, and perhaps more than either of the clubs as a whole. Mesut Ozil is the name on every Gooners lips, as well as every other fan around the country. The German’s playmaking services were acquired in an uncharacteristic swoop by Arsene Wenger, to make him the club’s outstanding …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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