Both Sunderland and Norwich are need of three points from todays encounter. The teams meet at the Stadium of Light. Kick off 1:30.
The Black Cats find themselves in the stickier situation at present, with a six-match winless run having arrived at a bad time. Just six points separate them from the drop zone and they could easily be dragged back in by those below them if they are unable to address an alarming slump
Norwich are only one place better off than their Sunday opponents, but they have collected three more points and will feel slightly more comfortable. They are actually sat on the same points total as Fulham, who occupy 10th place, so will feel that their standing is not as precarious as it may seem.
22 Mignolet,16 O’Shea, 24 Cuellar, 03 Rose, 07 Larsson,08 Gardner,15 Vaughan ,21 Johnson, 28 Sessegnon ,09 Graham ,26 Fletcher
Substitutes, 20 Westwood, 02 Bardsley, 19 Bramble, 04 N’Diaye, 14 Colback, 23 McClean, 10 Wickham
28 Bunn, 02 R Martin, 05 Bassong 06 Turner. 18 Garrido ,04 Johnson, 07 Snodgrass, 08 Howson, 14 Hoolahan, 17 E Bennett, 16 Kamara
Substitutes:42 Camp, 03 Whittaker, 24 R Bennett, 15 Fox, 09 Holt, 10 Jackson, 19 Becchio
The Canaries have failed to score in six of their last eight league games. They have a league-high six goalless draws this season. For this reason verdict is a scoreless draw.
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