• Craig Gardner scored in both Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City last season.
  • None of the last 11 league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland has ended as an away win (nine home wins and two draws).
  • After failing to score in his first five Premier League appearances, Gary Hooper has now scored in four of his last six (four goals in total) games for Norwich.
  • Norwich have conceded more goals away from home than any other team in the Premier League this season (21).
  • Sunderland, meanwhile, have conceded more home goals than any other Premier League side (16).
  • Norwich are the only team yet to pick up a yellow card for dissent in the Premier League this season.
  • Sunderland's only two wins this season have come against sides currently in the top six (Newcastle and Manchester City).
  • Sunderland are going to be bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas (four points adrift currently).
  • Only one team in Premier League history (WBA in 2004-05) have been bottom on Christmas Day and avoided relegation.
  • Sunderland were bottom at Christmas in 2005-06 and ended that season in 20th place.