SUNDERLAND (Sporting Alert) — The battle for survival continues tonight when Sunderland take on Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League at Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are two points above the drop zone, but a defeat tonight against Stoke would add pressure to manager Paolo Di Canio.
Di Canio made two changes from his Sunderland side that was hammered 6-1 at Aston Villa last Monday with James McClean replacing the suspended Stephane Sessegnon and Jack Colback coming into the starting line-up in place of Phil Bardsley, who was drop to the bench.
Stoke City are in 11th place on 40 points, but need at least another win to stay clear of the drop zone.
Sunderland v Stoke Starting Teams
Sunderland: Mignolet, Colback, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, N’Diaye, McClean, Johnson, Graham. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Marrs, Mandron.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton, Nzonzi, Adam, Whitehead, Walters, Crouch, Jerome. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Palacios, Jones, Owen, Kightly, Etherington.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)