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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel To Stadium Of Light

City get set to take on the Black Cats...

12 April 2019

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 

 

Greatest Manager - John Cochrane

Cochrane is one of three managers to have been in charge of Sunderland for a period of over ten years.

After becoming manager in 1928 Cochrane would lead the Black Cats to three different honours, with the first coming in the 1935/36 season where Sunderland would go on to win the Division One title.

This then led to the winning of the Charity Shield the following season and also the FA Cup and then after eleven years in charge and 506 games, Cochrane would leave Sunderland and go down as the best manager in the 20th century for the club.

 

Mascot - Samson and Delilah

Sunderland currently have two black cat mascots under the name of Samson and Delilah, originating from the club’s nickname of The Black Cats.

Orignally Samson used to be the only mascot at Sunderland but later on Delilah would be introduced and has stuck with the club ever since.

 

Last Six

Draw - Barnsley 0-0 Sunderland

Won - Sunderland 2-1 Walsall

Loss - Portsmouth 2-2 Sunderland - (5-4 on Penalties)

Won - Accrington 0-3 Sunderland

Won - Rochdale 1-2 Sunderland

Draw - Sunderland 1-1 Burton

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 13

Draw: 14

Sunderland (W): 12

 

Opposition

Jack Ross’ side are currently sitting 2nd in the league going into the final few games of the season, as they look to bounce straight back up into the Championship after being relegated last season.

A tough challenge is ahead for the Sky Blues as Sunderland’s last loss in the league came back on the 22nd December against Portsmouth.

An exciting game for both with Coventry still chasing the play-offs and the home side currently seven points off top of the league Luton Town.

 

Last Time We Met

The last time the two clubs met was back in September at the Ricoh Arena live on Sky Sports.

The close affair saw the two teams go into the break goalless as neither team could break the deadlock before half time. However, the game quickly burst into life as only four minutes into the second-half Lee Cattermole put the visitors ahead.

The Sky Blues would answer back just under twenty minutes later though as Jonson Clarke-Harris would level the scores.

City almost came away with all three points when Conor Chaplin had a shot cleared off the line.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into this weekend's fixture as underdogs at 10/3 to bring home three points, with a very strong Black Cats side at 4/5.

Last time the two sides met the game ended 1-1 at the Ricoh, for the result to repeat itself it has been placed 11/2.

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