The Stadium of Light will see Premier League match time as Sunderland host Stoke City on Saturday in match week eleven.
The Black Cats had a rough time last week when they were thrashed 5-1 by their Tyneside neighbours Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s charges will see Saturday’s game as an opportunity to atone and get their Premiership campaign back on track. The loss to the Geordies saw Sunderland go down from seventh position on the points table to twelfth.
Steve Bruce’s squad had no answer to Newcastle’s attack comprising Nolan, Carroll and Ameobi, and the defence became shambolic as the Magpies grew in confidence.
Stoke lost 1-0 in their away match to Everton, in match week ten. With both teams playing a watchful game in the first half, the game gathered momentum after the break. Although Everton won by a a wafer thin margin, they enjoyed better possession and were the more creative, up front.
Stoke had some good opportunities to score. Kenwyne Jones shot wide after grabbing hold of a Distin clearance intended for Arteta. Just before the break, Faye, in possession of the ball while unmarked at the back post during a corner, was wide of the target. Wilson and Shawcross had missed opportunities immediately after the break.
Tuncay got the ball into the net at the far post but saw his claim turned down after the referee penalised him for a collision with Baines. Later, it was Baines’ turn to fell the Turk who was awarded a free kick. But it came to nought as Etherington did not latch on to the chance.
A defensive lapse by Faye cost the Potters the match as the defender stopped the ball with his shin when he should have cleared it away. Yakubu grabbed the ball and fed it to Cahill whose shot rebounded off the post and Yakubu made no mistake this time round.
The loss to the Toffees was the Potters’ third consecutive defeat, in which they missed their first goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, sidelined with an injured elbow.
For Sunderland, Bramble serving a three-match suspension after being sent off during the Newcastle game will not feature in Sunday’s match against Stoke City.
Sunderland’s starting eleven against Newcastle comprised the following players: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, Turner, Onuoha, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Wellbeck and Bent; the substitutes were Mensah and Richardson.
The following players were in Stoke City’s starting eleven in their game against Everton: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Walters, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington, Sanli and Jones; Wheland and Pennant featured as substitutes.