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Sunderland's poor start to the season has left head coach Dick Advocaat with much to ponder
14 August 2015
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Venue: Stadium of Light Date: Saturday, 15 August
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because of a shoulder injury although he does not need surgery.
New signing Yann M'Vila could make his Black Cats' debut but Jordi Gomez remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Norwich will be without Youssouf Mulumbu, who is still recovering from a metatarsal injury.
Martin Olsson and Kyle Lafferty are also both still out with shoulder and knee injuries respectively.
MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES
"Both teams were beaten by two goals last week, but whilst Norwich could claim
against Crystal Palace, Sunderland
"Dick Advocaat's players will have been in defensive drill overdrive this week and that's where changes to his team are most likely.
"Alex Neil will have noted the havoc caused by Riyad Mahrez to the Black Cats' backline and may contemplate a start for his scorer last Saturday, the lively Nathan Redmond.
"It's too early to be a 'six-pointer', but it could prove a useful pointer to what lies ahead for both."
WHAT THE MANAGERS ARE SAYING
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat:
"There is no excuse for the way we played [against Leicester]. If we think we can play that way, then we have no chance at all."
Norwich manager Alex Neil:
"We want to go there and play as well as we did last weekend, but to make sure the result reflects that."
Sunderland's display in their defeat by Leicester was the worst performance of any Premier League team last weekend but Dick Advocaat will have been hitting them with a big stick all week and I am sure they will be better on Saturday.
- Sunderland are unbeaten in their last six home games against Norwich, a run stretching back to August 1997.
- However, the Black Cats have not beaten the Canaries in any of the last four meetings (D2, L2).
- Norwich have scored just once in their last six visits to the Stadium of Light.
- Sunderland haven't won their opening home league match of the season since 2007, when they beat Tottenham 1-0.
- The Black Cats conceded the joint-highest number of home goals in last season's Premier League.
- Lee Cattermole has been booked in 14 of his 29 Premier League appearances since the start of last season, more often than any other player.
- Norwich have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games.
- The Canaries have conceded 26 goals in their last 12 Premier League matches.
- Norwich won 13 games and 44 points away from home last season, the highest total in the Championship.
- Nathan Redmond has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Norwich.
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