Defensive Set-Up Needed for Chelsea Visit

For the first time since Arsenal’s invincibles, a team has a strong chance of repeating their great feat. With that team due on Wearside this weekend, with an added incentive of revenge over the loss of Mourinho’s unbeaten home record, and the loss of the title in the process, what personnel can Gus deploy to stop his former club marching on? [More]

Sunderland & the Need for Speed

As we creep into the final month of 2014 and draw closer to the January Transfer Window, the inevitable cogs of the rumour mill are already beginning to turn. Players from all four corners of the world begin to get linked with us, including Fabio Borini, to come in and fill voids in our squad. [More]

But Gus, the Basics Are Not Right - What Now?

The main positive from the Leicester match, as Gus Poyet pointed out, was the clean sheet. However it was a clean sheet sought in the shakiest way possible with fundamental errors still plaguing our play. In the run up to Christmas it’s getting increasingly obvious that our defence, particularly caused by the lack of depth with Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt injured, alone is not enough to rely on picking up points. [More]

Player Ratings: Leicester 0-0 SAFC

It wasn't exciting, it wasn't inspiring and it doesn't feel to have done an awful lot of good. A dull 0-0 draw might've been so much more with a bit more composure around the box and in front of goal. Here is how I rated the players individual performances [More]

Sunderland Stats: M'Vila to Enter the History Books Already

After last week’s disappointing start to the season, Sunderland have the chance to get their first points on the board at home against newly promoted Norwich City. Due to Lens, Kaboul and Matthews making their debuts last week, Yann M’Vila could become the 1,000th player to play for Sunderland in a competitive game. [More]

Sunderland Stats: The Season Finale, Chelsea & Defender Goals

We've done it! Another season of Premier League football is secured meaning we can go into this game against Champions Chelsea relaxed instead of feeling sick to the stomach. An added bonus is the teams left in the relegation battle is local rivals Newcastle and Steve Bruce's Hull Tigers. Our opponents for the season finale lost their most recent game against West Brom but had only previously only lost two league games this season. They have also only failed to score twice this season, one of which was the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light. [More]