The statistics suggest that Sunderland are the most in-form team in the Premier League at present, but they may have difficulty keeping up their recent run at Stoke, given that the Britannia Stadium has tended not to be a happy hunting ground.
Sunderland’s 13 points from their last six games is more than any other Premier League team in this period and they head to Stoke having not only triumphed in their last two fixtures, but also having kept successive clean sheets.
It is 11/5 that Sunderland add another victory to this sequence and 4/1 that they win another game to nil.
In their favour is that Stoke have failed to win any of their last three fixtures at the Britannia, but home victories have dominated the recent head-to-heads between Stoke and Sunderland.
The away team has never won any of the seven Premier League meetings between the pair, with the hosts triumphing on six of these occasions.
Stoke have also won their last four home meetings with Sunderland and are 6/5 to land the spoils again.
Kenwyne Jones has not scored a Premier League goal since August for Stoke and has been in and out of the side on a regular basis of late.
It would be typical if this barren streak was to end against his former club and Jones is available at 6/1 to open the scoring, while 7/4 is the price that he nets at any time in the 90 minutes.
Frazier Campbell could not have dreamed for a better return from injury with goals against Middlesbrough and Norwich and will hope to maintain this scoring sequence.
Campbell can be backed at a lengthy 8/1 in the Premier League odds to bag the opener against Stoke, which is top price with Ladbrokes.