Our prediction for this Championship match:
Stoke City and Sunderland face each other at Bet365 Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. The Potters showed character in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, with substitute D’Margio Wright-Phillips’ scoring a late equalizer in the midweek clash. Stoke City aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Black Cats on Matchday 5.
All McCarron, Powell, and Souttar should miss out with injuries for the home team. The newcomers, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Sheffield United on Wednesday, but it has to be noted that midfielder Daniel Neil was sent off after just 30 minutes. The 20-year-old misses the Stoke game through suspension, and seeing that the Potters have turned their Bet365 Stadium into a real fortress, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Steven Fletcher):
Steven Fletcher is a professional footballer who plays for Sheffield Wednesday. After ending his loan spell with Marseille, he joined the Owls on a free transfer in July 2016. Steven Fletcher was born in Shrewsbury, England on 26 March, 1987 and he began his youth career at Hibernian.
He made his debut for the Scottish outfit on 10 April, 2004 in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock. After spending three years at Burnley and Wolverhampton Fletcher signed a four-year deal with Sunderland for a fee of £12 million. The left-footed attacker scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for the Black Cats in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign and he was struggling in front of goal in the 2013/2014 season, scoring no more than three league goals.
Steven Fletcher was eligible to play for both England and Scotland, but he decided to represent his mother’s home country. Fletcher made his Scotland debut in March 2008, in a friendly against Croatia. He did well to provide an assist for Kenny Miller, who scored the equaliser for the Scotts (1-1).
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.