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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Sunderland In Early Kick-Off

The Black Cats are the visitors to the Ricoh...

28 September 2018

Factfile:

Founded: 1879 (as Sunderland and District Teachers)
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Capacity: 49,000
Address: Stadium Way, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 meters
Club Nickname: The Black Cats
Year Ground Opened: 1997

 

 

Famous Game: 1973 FA Cup Final vs Leeds United

Sunderland became the first Second Division side to lift the famous cup since West Bromwich Albion in 1931.

After defeating Arsenal in the Semi Final, The Black Cats faced Don Revie's famous Leeds United side that included Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles and captain Billy Bremner.

A first-half goal from midfielder John Porterfield and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery secured Sunderland a 1-0 victory.

The final would go down as one of the most memorable FA Cup upsets as The Black Cats defied the odds to lift their second FA Cup, with the first coming in 1937.

 

 

Club Legend: Niall Quinn

With over 200 appearances and over 50 goals during a seven season spell, the Republic of Ireland international is a legend at the Stadium of Light.

The striker has done everything with the Black Cats, including being Manager and Chairman during his time, including being bestowed with the Freedom of Sunderland award by the city of Sunderland.

Quinn helped lead Sunderland to promotion from the First Division to the Premier League during the 1998/99 season.

Niall has a great affection with the Sunderland supporters and back in March 2007 when, during his tenure as chairman, Quinn paid over £8000 to allow around 100 Sunderland fans to travel home by taxi when stranded at Bristol airport after being ejected from their scheduled flight home.

 

Last Six

Won – AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Sunderland
Drew –Sunderland 1-1 Oxford United
Drew – Sunderland 0-0 Stoke City U21
Drew – Sunderland 1-1 Fleetwood
Lost – Burton Albion 2-1 Sunderland
Won – Sunderland 4-1 Rochdale

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 13
Draw: 13
Sunderland (W): 12

 

 

 

Opposition

Following two seasons of disappointment, including back to back relegations, Black Cat supporters will be hoping for a turn of fortune this year.

Currently sitting in 3rd place in League One, it has been a positive start for Sunderland, as they look to bounce back to the Championship at first attempt.

With Jack Ross replacing former Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman at the start of the season, there has been a huge turnover at the Stadium of Light.

 

Last Time We Met

You have to go back over 11 years before the last time the two sides met in the Championship back in February 2007.

Goals from ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and a strike from 25 yards by winger Carlos Edwards, meant that Roy Keane's Sunderland ran out 2-0 winners.

Sunderland would go on to win the Championship and gain promotion to the Premier League, finishing on 88 points.

 

Trivia

The 1973 FA Cup Final was the only FA Cup Final to be played with an orange ball.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues head into tomorrow’s fixture at the Ricoh Arena as the underdogs with the bookies. A City win can be backed at 19/10, Sunderland are at 11/8 and the draw is out at 12/5.

The Sky Bet Coventry Price Boost for the weekend sees Coventry to win and both teams to score enhanced to 6/1.

If you’re interested in the goalscorer market, then striker Conor Chaplin is at 6/1 to open the scoring, followed closely behind by Jonson Clarke-Harris and Amadou Bakayoko at 13/2.

City captain Michael Doyle is still searching for his first goal and you can find him at odds of 15/2 to find the net in 90 minutes.


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