Jan 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
StokeStoke City
Johnson (18')
Bardsley (45'), Borini (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

N'Zonzi (34'), Adam (41'), Wilson (51')
N'Zonzi (54')

Preview: Sunderland vs. Stoke City

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet in the dugout during the match against Chelsea on December 4, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Wednesday evening's clash between Sunderland and Stoke City at the Stadium of Light.

As the season approaches February, Gus Poyet's Sunderland need to start replicating their cup form in the Premier League, that's if they are to retain their top-flight status.

The Uruguayan's side play host to Stoke City on Wednesday evening having won just two of their 11 encounters at the Stadium of Light.

Poyet has no new injury concerns for the fixture, although he does have to decide between who will keep goal between Vito Mannone and recent signing Oscar Ustari.

Elsewhere, Steven Fletcher should feature as a lone centre-forward, while Adam Johnson is likely to continue on the left flank.

Like his opposite number Poyet, Stoke boss Mark Hughes has no fitness problems, with a fully fit squad to select from following the recent return of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Depending on other results, Sunderland could move out of the relegation zone with a victory.

Recent form

Sunderland: WWWDLW


Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Johnson, Cattermole, Ki, Colback; Borini; Fletcher

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Ireland, Assaidi, Arnautovic; Crouch

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Phil Bardsley of Sunderland celebrates with team mates Steven Fletcher and Ki Sung-Yong after Manchester United's Ryan Giggs scores an own goal on January 7, 2014
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