• Sunderland have only failed to score in three of their previous 36 league meetings with Watford, but one of these came at the Stadium of Light last season (0-1).
  • Watford have lost four of their five league trips to the Stadium of Light (W1 D0 L4).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored against 35 different teams in the Premier League, but is yet to score against Watford in the competition (three apps, no goals).
  • Watford mustered 33 shots over their two Premier League meetings with Sunderland last season, more than they did against any other side.
  • David Moyes has won his last five Premier League home meetings against Italian managers - winning three vs Roberto Mancini, one vs Carlo Ancelotti and another vs Claudio Ranieri.
  • Sunderland are the only side yet to score a goal from outside the box in the Premier League this season.
  • The Black Cats have conceded a league-high 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.
  • If Sunderland lose this match then they will be bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day. 21 of the 24 sides to be bottom of the league at Christmas have been relegated that season.
  • Sunderland are one of only three sides to avoid relegation from the Premier League after being bottom at Christmas, however - they finished 14th in 2013-14.
  • Watford striker Odion Ighalo scored more league goals than any other player in the top four tiers of English football in 2015 (29). In 2016, he has netted just three goals in 31 league apps.