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Steven Nzonzi takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Michael Kightly produces a cross.
Michael Kightly has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Robert Huth takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Louis Saha on for Adam Johnson.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is crossed by Geoff Cameron.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Dean Whitehead. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Wilkinson. Craig Gardner goes into the referee's book. A cross is delivered by Michael Kightly, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Phil Bardsley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Rose.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Owen comes on in place of Charlie Adam.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
Robert Huth challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Johnson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Foul by Jack Colback on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson, save by Asmir Begovic.
Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Direct free kick taken by Danny Rose. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Matthew Etherington coming on for Jonathan Walters.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Kightly on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Jack Colback results in a free kick. Geoff Cameron takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Peter Crouch. Peter Crouch receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Geoff Cameron produces a cross, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon on for Sebastian Larsson.
Shot from just outside the area by Michael Kightly goes over the bar.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Dean Whitehead booked. Adam Johnson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Kightly makes a clearance.
Adam Johnson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Andy Wilkinson is brought on as a substitute for Marc Wilson.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Marc Wilson from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
Jack Colback fouled by Michael Kightly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Colback.
The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Carlos Cuellar misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Dean Whitehead. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line played to the near post.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, save by Simon Mignolet.
Effort on goal by Michael Kightly from 12 yards. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by James McClean, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Jack Colback produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson, blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Danny Rose concedes a free kick for a foul on Geoff Cameron. Danny Rose goes into the referee's book. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Simon Mignolet.
Marc Wilson fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Craig Gardner delivers the ball, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Michael Kightly delivers the ball.
Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Geoff Cameron results in a free kick. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. Free kick taken by Lee Cattermole.
Pulis wary of Fletcher
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has targeted striker Steven Fletcher as Sunderland's danger man in their Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.
Fletcher, who made the switch from Wolves to Wearside for a fee of #12 million this summer, has scored five of Sunderland's six league goals, the other an own goal by Newcastle's Demba Ba in last weekend's Wear-Tyne derby.
Pulis admitted Fletcher had been one of the players he was interested in bringing to his club this summer, but while he admires the goalscoring form of the Scotland international, the Potters boss is aware Sunderland have a side that poses a threat from several areas of the pitch.
"If you look at the records so far, with the goals he's scored, obviously he's going to be a danger," Pulis said of the on-form Fletcher.
"We might have tried (to sign Fletcher) but we've tried with a lot of players.
"But they've got good midfield players. If you look at Adam Johnson, (Sebastian) Larsson's very good off set plays. (James) McClean is good on the other side. (Stephane) Sessegnon can win games.
"They've got experience at the back so they're a decent side."
Stoke have only earned themselves eight points from their opening eight Premier League games this season, something which has disappointed Pulis despite the calibre of their opposition.
The Potters have faced Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in a tough start to their campaign but now face a less daunting sequence of fixtures where they are scheduled to play Sunderland, Norwich, QPR, West Ham and Fulham.
Sunderland have also picked up eight points from their opening fixtures but still have a game in hand thanks to the postponement of their match against Reading.
Pulis thinks Martin O'Neill's Sunderland are similar to his side as they need something to kick-start their season, with both sides only having one Premier League win to show so far.
"They've got some very good players and he (O'Neill) has got the basis of a very decent squad there," Pulis said.
"They're a bit like us. They need a couple of results and a couple of breaks just to get themselves moving. I see them as being, they are and will be, a very competitive Premier League side.
"We've enjoyed the season so far. It's been a tough start. We've played five of the first eight games at home and two of our home games have been against Man City and Arsenal so it's been a very difficult start for us."
Midfielder Glenn Whelan could be back in contention after he returned to training on Thursday following a hamstring problem suffered earlier this month against Liverpool.
The return of skipper Lee Cattermole from his latest suspension and full-back Phil Bardsley's availability after missing the start of the season with an ankle injury, mean Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has options this weekend.
Were Bardsley to be selected, that would free up emergency right-back Craig Gardner to return to the midfield role he prefers and allow the manager to reshuffle if he felt the need.
Asked if he would consider taking one or more of his stuttering flair players out of the firing line, he replied: "Over the course of time, I will see, but we will certainly have to change the squad around a bit.
"For instance, we played on Sunday, we play again on Saturday and then we have got a game against Middlesbrough coming up, so it is likely that the side would have to be changed around a little bit, bearing in mind, of course, the games are very, very important to us.
"But in the scheme of things as we speak now at this minute, of course I would like our really good players to be playing a bit better, but it's not as major a concern at the moment to me as you would think."
A trip to Stoke is never easy at the best of times, but with snow forecast this weekend, it could be even more testing, although having won 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in February in similar conditions, Sunderland at least have experience to fall back on.
O'Neill said: "The conditions at Stoke that day were really surreal.
"They cleared some of the snow off the pitch early on, but then down came a flurry with 10 or 12 minutes to go and had that arrived let's say even 15 minutes earlier, there's no way the game would have been finished."
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