After an impressive draw against Liverpool in their last round, Sunderland will be looking to capitalize on that result when they host Stoke City at the Stadium of Light in the 21st round of the English Premier League.
The hosts have been in a really terrible form since the start of the season. However, Sunderland have shown some glimpses of home in the recent games. They have collected 4 points form a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game finished in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at home.
Sunderland are sitting in 18th place in the English Premier League table with 15 points form 4 wins, 3 draws and 13 losses. They have scored 19 goals and conceded 37 since the start of the season.
David Moyes has real problems ahead of their Premier League clash with Stoke on Saturday. To add to their injury crisis, Sunderland will now be without Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri for the next month as they take part in the Africa Cup of Nations. Billy Jones and Steven Pienaar are the only injured players with a chance of recovering in time for Saturday, with seven other players definitely sidelined.
The visitors have been also struggling in the past few weeks in the Premier League. They are in a much better situation both in recent form and in the league table position compared to the hosts. Stoke have collected 5 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last match in the Premier League was against Watford at home where they won 2-0.
Stoke are sitting in 11th place in the league table with 24 points from 6 wins, 6 draws and 8 losses. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 32 since the start of the season.
Mame Biram Diouf, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi are all away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. Mark Hughes fielded a relatively full strength team in the FA Cup at the weekend and they still lost 2-0 at home to Championship side Wolves, which would have knocked their confidence.
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