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Sunderland and Stoke City face at Stadium of Light, in a match for the 14th round of the Premier League. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the home team, since they have a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. Sure enough, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 04‑10‑2014, in a match for the Premier League, Sunderland won by (3‑1). The goals of the match were scored by C. Wickham (4' ) and S. Fletcher (23' and 79' ), for Sunderland, and by C. Adam (15' ), for Stoke City.

Analysis of Sunderland

The home team is currently in the 18th position of the league, with 9 points won, after 2 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Southampton, by (0‑1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Crystal Palace, by (0‑1). In the last 6 home league matches Sunderland has a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 5 points out of 18 possible. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. They have conceded the first goal in 9 of their 13 matches for this competition, and have never been able to turn the score around. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 11 of their 30 goals between minutes (31'‑45').

Sunderland come motivated to this match after a victory away, by 0-1, against Crystal Palace. The home team present many quality on the air play, thanks to the height of their players.
To note that the team protect very well their advantage, putting many agressity on each ball contest.
Furthermore, Sunderland are conscious of their weaknesses, so, they choose, many times, to pull back their lines to support some defensive weaknesses.

Confirmed Lineup: C. Pantilimon, J. O'Shea, D. Yedlin, S. Coates, P. van Aanholt, Y. Kaboul, S. Larsson, Y. M'Vila, L. Cattermole, J. Defoe, S. Fletcher.
Coach: S. Allardyce.

Analysis of Stoke City

The away team is currently in the 11th position of the league, with 19 points won, after 5 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Chelsea, by (1‑0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Southampton, by (0‑1). In the last 7 away league matches Stoke City has a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 12 points out of 21 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 4 away matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 19 of the last 29 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 13 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have never been able to turn the score around. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (0'‑15').

Stroke come motivated to this match after a victory away, by 0-1, against Southampton. 
In spite of being crossing a good moment, Stoke are a team slight aggressive on the pitch. They present many difficulties, mainly, on finishing the opportunities that they create, and in the air play. 
So, against a strong opponent on the air play, the tactical approaches will be preponderant. 

Confirmed Lineup: J. Butland, R. Shawcross, G. Johnson, P. Wollscheid, E. Pieters, X. Shaqiri, G. Whelan, C. Adam, J. Walters, Bojan, M. Arnautović.
Coach: M. Hughes.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario to this match will be both teams score at least one goal. Looking to the defensive difficulties of both teams, it's foreseen that the score opportunities occur in large number. 
Furthermore, the historic of the direct clash aim at an open and balanced match. 
It's known that Stoke crosses a better moment, however, Sunderland are also motivated by the result of the last journey.

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Premier League - 2015/2016

  • 100% 380 / 380 Games

  • Home team wins 41.32%
  • Draws 28.16%
  • Away team wins 30.53%
  • Over 1.5 73.16%
  • Over 2.5 52.89%
  • Over 3.5 30.53%
  • Goals 1026
  • Goals /match 2.7
  • Goals /match home 1.49
  • Goals /match away 1.21
  • Both teams score 51.84%
  • Goals after 80' 16.86%
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