STUBBORN // Stoke City have conceded only three goals in their five Barclays Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium in 2013-14.
RUN // Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League games against Stoke (W2 D2), and have kept a clean sheet in three of these.
DIRECT // Sunderland have had more possession than their opponent in just one of their 11 Premier League games this season so far (58% v Fulham).
DISMISSED // No side has been given more red cards in the Premier League in 2013 than Sunderland (6), including one in the last meeting between these two sides in May (Craig Gardner).
SQUAD // The Black Cats have used 26 different players in the Premier League so far this season; more than any other side. Each of those players have started in the competition this season.
VARIETY // Nine different players have scored a Premier League goal for Stoke this season, but only one of those has scored more than once (Adam, 2).
SHARING THE LOAD // Only Arsenal and Chelsea (10) have seen more individual goalscorers than the Potters this season in the Premier League.
SURPRISING // Stoke have conceded six headed goals this season; a joint-PL-high with Fulham.
ON ME HEAD SON // Mark Hughes' side are also one of only three sides yet to score a headed goal in the Premier League this season, alongside Tottenham and West Ham.
BLUNT // Sunderland have mustered just 26 shots on target this season; the lowest tally in the league.
ON TARGET // Charlie Adam has the best shooting accuracy in the Barclays Premier League this season, having hit the target with 90 percent of his efforts. Arsenal's Mezut Ozil is narrowly behind him.