Surely another game can’t be postponed?! Just in case it is I’m going to keep this preview short so I don’t waste too much time…
Sunderland are unbeaten at home but the Seasiders are fresh having last played v Stoke.
Safe travels everyone.
Sunderland gaffer Steve Bruce thinks it’ll be a tough game:
‘Blackpool haven’t played of late so they’ll be fresh as daisies. The players know we have to be at our maximum if we are to keep our excellent home record going.’
Sunderland Team News:
Cattermole and Welbeck are definitely back. Richardson and Bramble might be as well.
Player to watch: Danny Welbeck
Has been on form of late, but can the Seasiders shut him out like they did last season?
Blackpool Team News:
Charlie Adam is suspended. Matt Gilks, Billy Clarke et al are still injured. Marlon Harewood might be back though.
Player to watch: Ludovic Sylvestre
Why? See my Liverpool preview. Big game for the lad.
Match Facts & Stats
This will be the first top flight meeting between us since 1967, when Tom Jones was top of the charts.
Although Sunderland are unbeaten at home, only Man City and Arsenal have won more games on the road than the Seasiders this season.
The last time we played Sunderland was in 1988 – a 2-2 draw.
We’ve not won in any of our last ten trips to Sunderland, losing eight.
Sunderland have won their last eight games v promoted sides at home.
Sunderland have kept the most clean sheets in the division this season – 9.
‘Pool are unbeaten in three on the road, keeping two clean sheets.
Man City away on New Year’s Day.