It’s nearly a year since there’s been a home win on Wearside, but that’s not the only milestone looming over the Stadium of Light.
They say the British don't like change, but in Sunderland AFC's case we'll make a sneaky exception. Chris Coleman has made history by bagging his first victory as Black Cats' manager and it's gone down an absolute treat.
Okay, so maybe not quite history but doesn't it make you feel warm and snuggly inside? Like everything's going to be alright?
It could well prove to be the start of a brave new trend, but for now it's a worthy distraction. With every passing game, December the 17th edges ever closer, threatening a full year devoid of home wins.
Sunderland have a couple of chances to bag three points at the Stadium of Light before then, starting with Reading F.C. on Saturday.
But when it comes to milestones, that's not the only one in play this weekend. Here's brief rundown of four unwanted streaks Sunderland could break in at the weekend.
Sunderland haven’t kept back to back clean sheets since...4th February 2017.
A promising performance at home to Tottenham ended in a goalless draw, which the Black Cats built on when putting four past struggling Crystal Palace.
Sunderland have quickly become specialists in defensive errors, but if the back line can bag another clean sheet they’ll cut this awkward record short at just under 10 months.
Sunderland haven’t won back to back league games since... 19th November 2016.
Goals from Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe were enough to earn ten-man Sunderland their first victory of the season away at Bournemouth. The attacking partnership then struck three more times at home to Hull, with Defoe securing his 150th Premier League goal.
When Sunderland take to the pitch on Saturday, they’ll have the chance to put the 378-day streak to bed should they find a winner against Reading.
Sunderland haven’t won back to back with clean sheets in the league since... 23rd November 2015.
Defoe provided the only goal at Crystal Palace to earn Sam Allardyce his 150th top flight victory as manager, before Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore both scored late on to beat Stoke at the Stadium of Light.
That’s just over two years ago. It’s telling of Sunderland’s lack of momentum and consistency in the league that no manager since Allardyce has coaxed two successive wins without conceding.
Lowest points haul after 20 games since... the 2013/14 season.
After controversy over his political beliefs, a “scattergun” approach to the summer transfer window, and completely losing the dressing room, Paolo Di Canio left the club in late September – with only one point earned from a possible 15. Gus Poyet was named as his replacement and led the club on their “Great Escape”. Still – after 20 games – the side only had 14 points to their name.
Since August, Sunderland have again racked up 14 points but with a game in hand over Di Canio/Poyet. A loss would mean that only goal difference (-16) would seperate *that* season from this.
A win, however, could give The Lads the confidence to set some new records – winning ones.