Matchfile: Stoke City v Sunderland

28 August 2009 01:37
STOKE CITY Sorensen Wilkinson Shawcross Huth Higginbotham Whelan Delap Whitehead Lawrence Beattie Kitson Jones Bent Richardson Cattermole Cana Malbranque McCartney Da Silva Ferdinand Bardsley Gordon SUNDERLAND Sunderland subs (from): Carson (gk), Nosworthy, Henderson, Tainio, Reid, Murphy, Healy, Campbell Stoke City subs (from): Simonsen (gk), Griffin, Amdy Faye, Abdoulaye Faye, Cort, Pugh, Cresswell Etherington, Fuller SUNDERLAND: Marton Fulop's heel injury will sideline the Hungary international goalkeeper giving Craig Gordon another chance to impress Steve Bruce. Andy Reid's impressive showing in Monday's League Cup victory at Norwich pressed his claims for a starting berth while Stoke-bound Danny Collins is expected to be replace by Paulo Da Silva. Suspensions: None Injuries: Fulop (heel) Last five league games: WLWLL Leading league scorer: Bent 2, Jones 2 Next game: vs Hull City (H) 12/09/09 STOKE CITY: With Peter Reid joining as Tony Pulis' assistant, the Potters are rapidly becoming a mini-Sunderland. The former Black Cats boss joins five ex-Sunderland players (possibly about to be six) at the Britannia where Dean Whitehead will be looking to get one over the side he skippered for four seasons. Robert Huth's addition brings experience to the back four but James Beattie is a doubt. Suspensions: None Injuries: Sidibe (knee) Last five league games: LLDLD Leading league scorer: Shawcross 1 Key Player: James Beattie - By common consent the former England striker was the best signing of last January's transfer window. Last season: 1-0 League head to head: Sunderland 57, Blackburn 37, Draws 28 Referee: Howard Webb (Rotherham) G1 Y1 R0 Ave: 1br /> Last Sunderland game: vs Aston Villa (A) L2-1 27/09/07 Y2 R0 Odds: H 11/8; A2/1; D9/4 It's a fact: The last time Peter Reid was sat on the bench for this fixture Sunderland secured a 2-1 victory. Comment by Paul Fraser: Stoke secured ten victories at the Britannia last season and will provide another tough physical obstacle for Bruce's side. Prediction: 1-2

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