Paddy Power Latest Betting Odds: Stoke 13/10, draw 12/5, Sunderland 5/2
Sunderland will look to continue their rich vein of form under new boss Martin O’Neill when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke on Saturday as Paddy Power make the Black Cats a big looking price at 5/2.
Since O’Neill took over from Steve Bruce back in December the Black Cats have picked up 19 points, more than any other club in the Premier League during that time.
That run has taken Sunderland up to eighth in the league to and put them level on points with their opponents on Saturday, and seven points behind 7th placed Arsenal.
O’Neill’s Midas touch has also extended to turning round the fortunes of individuals within his squad, with Frazier Campbell marking only his second game since making a comeback from injury with a spectacular effort against Norwich on Wednesday after finding the net on his first game back against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
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Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are in line to make their debut’s for Sunderland having made the switch to Wearside during the January transfer window.
Lee Cattermole faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury while Wes Brown, Nicklas Bendtner and Craig Gordon are all long-term injuries and will not feature.
While Sunderland continue on an upwards trajectory Stoke have stuttered of late having failed to pick up a Premier League win in their last three games.
An insipid performance at Old Trafford against Manchester United compounded their 2-1 defeat against West Brom in their previous Premier League outing, and manager Tony Pulis will look for a response to their recent lacklustre displays against Sunderland.
Somewhat surprisingly the Potters were the only club not to make a single signing during the January transfer window.
Pulis will be thankful that he has no new injury worries going into the game, with Mamady Sidibe his only absentee for the game.