• Sunderland haven't lost twice to Stoke in the same season since 1993/94, when both sides were in the second tier.
  • Joe Allen scored twice for the Potters in October against Sunderland, his only Premier League brace to date in his career.
  • The Black Cats are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games against Stoke (W9 D5).
  • Only once in their last 20 league visits to Wearside have Stoke managed to score more than one goal in a match (2 in March 2007).
  • Peter Crouch is two goals away from netting his 100th in the Premier League and would become the 26th player to reach triple figures for Premier League goals.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored 20 Premier League goals in January. Only Alan Shearer (23) and Frank Lampard (21) have more in PL history during this month.
  • Since his Sunderland debut in January 2015, Jermain Defoe has scored a higher share of his team's goals than any other Premier League player in this period (30/80 - 37.5%).
  • Sunderland have faced more shots on target than any other Premier League team this season (130).
  • After losing four of their first five Premier League home games under David Moyes (D1), the Black Cats have lost just once in the last five (W3 D1).
  • The Potters have lost three consecutive away Premier League games, shipping 11 goals in the process (3.7 per match). They last suffered four defeats in a row in January 2014 - a run which saw Sunderland win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.