Stoke left it late in midweek but thanks to Dmargio Wright-Phillips they gained their fourth point of the season with a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Their previous results saw them lose to both Millwall and Huddersfield but they did defeat Blackpool. Their four matches have seen 12 goals in total at an average of tree per fixture.
At home, the Potters have taken all four of their points and continue off from last season to make it four wins, two draws and one defeat in seven here. Jacob Brown enjoys playing in front of his own fans with three in his last four here. They are unbeaten in their last five games at this place against Sunderland.
The Black Cats saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end in midweek when they went down 2-1 at Sheffield United. The game turned on a 31st minute dismissial and the North-Eastern side found themselves two down with in 16 minutes of the red card. Still a return of five points from four games is a decent return to life in the second tier.
Away from the Stadium of Light, Sunderland have lost their last two losing to the Blades in midweek and Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. They did though win on the opening day of the season away at Bristol City. If you combine this campaign with their last in the Championship the North-Eastern outfit have netted in each of their last six on the road.
Stoke vs Sunderland Match Stats
Both teams to score seems the obvious play whenever Sunderland play having happened in all four of their league games so far. Stoke were involved in a 2-2 draw in midweek and four of their last six in the Championship have also seen both teams net. The recommendation then is to take both sides to net here.
Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms have struck up a good understanding together up front for the Black Cats. Simms has three goals for the campaign and Stewart has two and both seem capable of netting against a Potters side who have shipped five in two. Sky Bet has a special enhanced offer on both players to score at any time and this looks worth selecting.
14 January 2017 – Sunderland 1-3 Stoke – Premier League
15 October 2016 – Stoke 2-0 Sunderland – Premier League
30 April 2016 – Stoke 1-1 Sunderland – Premier League
28 November 2015 – Sunderland 2-0 Stoke – Premier League
25 April 2015 – Stoke 1-1 Sunderland – Premier League
These two sides have not faced each other since the 2016/17 Premier League season which saw the Potters win both. It is four visits to this ground without success for the Black Cats who have lost two of these. None of the last seven head-to-heads have gone under 1.5 goals.