2.46pmThere's already been one game in the Premier League today, which saw Norwich come from behind to draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park. The result condemns Paul Lambert's side to their worst start for 26 years.
2.56pmThe players are making their way onto the field. The Britannia, as always, is in raucous form. "My, my, my... Delilah".
2.57pmThere's no drama with handshakes or t-shirts and we're just about ready to get this game underway.
2.59pmSo Dean Whitehead lines up against his former team, while Kenwyne Jones is on the bench.
KICKOFFStoke get the game underway at the Britannia
1 minSunderland immediately go on the attack and win a throw in deep in Stoke's territory.
2 minsKightly thinks he has won a corner off O'Shea but the referee Mark Halsey awards a goal kick. Correct decision.
5 minsDavid Moyes and Giovanni Trapattoni are among the crowd for today's game. The Toffees play Sunderland in a couple of weeks and the Scot is no doubt doing his homework ahead of that encounter.
5 minsMeanwhile, Charlie Adam wins a corner. He will take it...
6 minsIt's a dangerous cross but it comes off Shawcross and out for a goal kick.
10 minsAdam tries to find Crouch with an arrowed ball into the big man's chest but he is flagged offside.
12 minsThe game's a bit scrappy at the moment. Plenty of misplaced passes and first touches a tad too long. Dare I say it was to be expected?
14 minsKightly gets in down the left and tries to float a ball into Crouch, but it's too deep and goes harmlessly behind for a goal kick.
17 minsCorner for Sunderland. Johnson runs over to swing it in with his left foot.
19 minsCLOSE! Gardner whips a ball in from the right and Colback is inches from connecting as he slides in at the near post.
21 minsBOOKING! Danny Rose is the first man to be booked for a foul on Geoff Cameron. Adam to swing in a free kick from the right...
22 minsSAVE! Mignolet is alert to stop Shawcross from opening the scoring with a guided header. The defender got a second bit at the cherry but still could not find the back of the net. It was a good save down low by the Belgian!
23 minsLarsson thrashes a freekick at the Stoke wall.
26 minsSHOT! Colback finds himself in some space outside the Stoke area but slices his shot well wide.
28 minsFirst chance for James McClean to deliver a ball into the box and it's a poor effort.
28 minsSHOT! Kightly drifts inside and tries to clip a shot beyond Mignolet with his right but Cuellar heads behind for a corner.
29 minsAdam sweeps in a dangerous ball that Mignolet is forced to punch behind.
30 minsIt's an out-swinger this time and it's not as effective... although replays show that it should be a corner as it came off the head of John O'Shea.
31 minsCLOSE! Cuellar flicks on Larsson's freekick and it's not far off target, despite never really worrying Begovic.
37 minsCrouch knocks the ball down to Kightly in the area but O'Shea puts it out for another corner. Adam has caused Sunderland some problems from set pieces already today...
38 mins... but this one is poor and doesn't get past the first man.
44 minsSunderland are enjoying a spell of possession at the moment but no one is grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.
45 minsThere's going to be one minute of time added on.
48 minsAdam gets another cross into the box but Mignolet catches.
51 minsMarc Wilson is down and in some pain. The stretcher is coming on and Andy Wilkinson is stripped on the sideline. He went down under no challenge and they tend to be the serious injuries. There's a degree of concern among the Stoke players.
73 minsBOOKING! Crouch saw yellow for a foul on Johnson.
74 minsAdam is felled by Colback from around 40 yards out. Freekick.
76 minsCHANCE! Sessegnon charges down Wilkinson's clearances and comes inside to feed Fletcher. The Scot brough the ball back on his left foot and you expect the net to be rippling... but his shot appears to hit Shawcross on the arm. Best chance of the game so far.
77 minsShawcross couldn't get his arm out of the way and they were down by his side. A penalty would have been harsh in that circumstance.
79 minsMy apologies, it was Huth who got in the way of Fletcher's goalbound effort.
85 minsSAVE! Mignolet gets both hands to a Crouch header from a free kick.
UPDATE:Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal the lead late in the game against QPR at the Emirates. Stephane M'Bia had just been sent off for a senseless kick out on Vermaelen. The wait for a win appears to be going on for Mark Hughes's men.
90 minsWe still have eight minutes of added-on time remaining, due to Marc Wilson's injury.
90 mins +4Crouch tries to battle his way through the Sunderland backline and wins a corner.
90 mins + 4Etherington delivers an out-swinger and Huth rises high, but Mignolet gets down well to save his header.
90 mins +5CHANCE! Etherington goes on a mazy run and slips in Crouch, but Mignolet claws it fromunder his feet.Kightly picks up the pieces but drags his shot wide of the goal. Big chance late on for the hosts.
90 mins +7CLOSE! Stoke are really applying the pressure now as Kightly delivers another cross from the right from which Owen nearly profits.