Mar 17, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-1
NorwichNorwich City
Gardner (40' pen.)
Larsson (89')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Hoolahan (26')
Snodgrass (39'), Holt (72'), Camp (90')
Bunn (30')

Preview: Sunderland vs. Norwich City

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill during his team's match against Liverpool on January 2, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Sunderland's crucial Premier League encounter against Norwich City.

Relegation looms for Sunderland if they are unable to snatch maximum points against Norwich City at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The Black Cats are just six points away from getting dumped into the Championship, while the Canaries are in a more comfortable position, three points ahead of their North-East opponents.

The turning point for Martin O'Neill's Sunderland side came when they lost 3-1 to bottom-of-the-table outfit Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

Norwich have had an inconsistent run of late, racking up three draws, one victory and one defeat in their last five, while Sunderland have a dismal record of four losses and one draw.

The Canaries came out on top 2-1 against the Black Cats in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road in December last year.

Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher should be given the responsibility to find goals for the home side, while Kei Kamara and Grant Holt are likely to lead the line for the visitors.

Recent form

Sunderland: LDLLL

Norwich: DLWDD

Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose; Sessegnon, Larsson, N'Diaye, Johnson; Graham, Fletcher

Norwich: Bunn; Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Hoolahan; Kamara, Holt

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the opener against Fulham on December 29, 2012
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