Stoke City v Sunderland - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke.

Odds: Stoke City 21/20, Draw 12/5, Sunderland 5/2

Last season: 1-1 (O'Shea; Walters)

Injury news

Neither side have any major new injury news to report, with Stoke just missing Andy Wilkinson and Stephen Ireland. Several players from both sides were involved on international duty but fortunately a clean bill of health can be reported.

Sunderland have Andrea Dossena and Lee Cattermole out both serving the final game of their three-match suspensions.

Key stats

 - Stoke sit in 17th on 10 points, three above Sunderland on 7 points in 19th.

- Stoke have received no red cards this season while Sunderland have three, but Stoke have more than twice as many yellow cards - 25 to 12.

- Sunderland have the lowest average percentage of possession than any side this season in the Premier League, while Stoke have the 10th highest.

- Expect a full-blooded affair, Stoke and Sunderland rank third and fifth highest in terms of teams who have made the most tackles in the Premier League this season.

- In a combined 22 games, Stoke and Sunderland have scored just a combined 11 goals from open play.

5 players to watch

Marko Arnautovic - Austrian attacker Marko Arnautovic has begun to find his form of late, with two goals in his last four appearances for Stoke. He averages 2.9 shots per game, with his nearest Stoke player Charlie Adam averaging 1.6, so is clearly going to be looking to make things happen.

Emmanuele Giaccherini - Italian winger Giaccherini has taken his time to adapt to the Premier League, but has still managed to net twice. He scored in midweek for Italy against Nigeria and will be full of confidence, wanting to help lift his club in a similar way.

Peter Crouch - Crouch has struggled for goals this season but proved his effectiveness in Stoke's last match against Swansea. He provided assists for both Stoke goals from open play, leading the line expertly and Sunderland will do well to contain him.

Wes Brown - The former Manchester United centre-back was superb in Sunderland's win over Manchester City, winning plenty of plaudits for his performance. Can he string two such performances together? His battle against Peter Crouch could help decide the outcome of the match.

Jozy Altidore - Not necessarily for positive reasons, but American striker Jozy Altidore is going to remain under the spotlight until he nets his first goal. He set the Eredivisie alight last season after struggling previously for Hull, and would have hoped his return to the Premier League would be different. He is yet to prove it will be.

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