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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:00 13th January 2017

PREVIEW: Sunderland vs Stoke City

Sunderland vs Stoke City
Saturday 14th January 2017
Stadium of Light
Kick Off 3.00pm

MARK HUGHES will be looking for a response to last weekend's FA Cup exit to Wolverhampton Wanderers when his side take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.


The Potters visit their Premier League bogey ground with hopes of putting behind that 2-0 defeat by adding to their tally of 24 points this time round.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have begun 2017 with consecutive home draws - a 2-2 against Liverpool being followed by a 0-0 with Burnley in the FA Cup - and David Moyes will be desperate to earn his first win of the year ahead of two matches out on the road.

TEAM NEWS

Jonathan Walters is ruled out with a knee injury whilst things aren’t looking good for Bojan either, who hurt his hip in training on Thursday.

Phil Bardsley and Marc Muniesa are both available but Mark Hughes' squad is stretched to its maximum with Mame Diouf, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan all away on international duty and Jack Butland, Geoff Cameron and Stephen Ireland all still out.

LAST VISIT

Sunderland 2 (van Aanholt 82, Watmore 84)
Stoke City 0 (Shawcross sent off 47)

Even a four-match unbeaten away run failed to help change Stoke's fortunes when arriving at Sunderland in November last season.

Mark Hughes side had picked up three 1-0 wins in that run but instead found themselves one man down this time after Mike Dean deemed Ryan Shawcross to have committed two bookable offences.

City held firm until the very final throws of the game when Patrick van Aanholt and substitute Duncan Watmore both netted within minutes of each other to lift the Black Cats off the foot of the Premier League table.

Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross (c), Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Adam (Afellay 85); Shaqiri (Diouf 64), Bojan (Cameron 50), Arnautovic; Walters. Unused: Haugaard, Wilson, van Ginkel, Crouch.

MEMORABLE MATCH

Sunderland 1 (Altidore 16)
Stoke City 2 (Muniesa 31, 71)

Marc Muniesa bagged his first ever goals for the Potters in this Capital One Cup Third Round tie at the Stadium of Light two seasons ago.

The evening had gotten off in a familiar fashion for Stoke at Sunderland when Jozy Altidore swept in his first goal for 30 matches after 16 minutes.

Muniesa fired home an equaliser with just over half an hour on the clock, however, before scoring an almost identical second at the other end of the field after the break to win the tie.

Stoke City: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Huth, Muniesa; Nzonzi, Adam; Arnautovic (Moses 85), Ireland, Assaidi (Crouch 87); Diouf. Unused: Sorensen, Pieters, Sidwell, Bojan, Wilkinson.

CONNECTIONS

Phil Bardsley joined Stoke from Sunderland in the summer of 2014 having made exactly 200 appearances for the Wearside outfit.

A product of the Manchester United youth system, the right back got his first Potters goal in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final triumph over Sheffield Wednesday last season and followed it up with an impressive strike at Stevenage in the same competition back in August.

Others to have played for both clubs include Kenwyne Jones, Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap, Danny Higginbotham, Thomas Sorensen, Danny Collins, Liam Lawrence, Stephen Wright, Paul Bracewell, Paul Stewart and Keith Bertschin.

COVERAGE

Live audio commentary from Nigel Johnson and Matt Sandoz will be broadcast on Stoke City Player.

Match updates will also be available via the Club's official Twitter account.

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