• Cardiff have not met Sunderland in the top-flight since 1956/57, when they won one and drew one of two meetings.
  • Sunderland have won their last two trips to Cardiff in the league without conceding.
  • Sunderland have won only one of their 12 final games of the year in the Premier League (3-1 v Bolton in 2007)
  • Sunderland have kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League – the longest run seen in the PL this season is Southampton’s four in a row (Sept-Oct).
  • Vito Mannone has kept five clean sheets in eight Premier League starts this season for Sunderland.
  • Cardiff City have lost two successive Premier League games, they have not lost three league games in succession since November 2009.
  • Despite playing 18 games fewer in 2013 than Sunderland (36), Cardiff have won just three games fewer in the Premier League this calendar year (4) than their opponents (7).
  • David Marshall (70) has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
  • Sunderland have lost more points from leading positions than any other side this season (11) in the Premier League.
  • Cardiff have only been in the lead on five occasions in the Premier League this season – no side have led less frequently (Villa also five).