Preview of the Sunderland game which appeared in The Observer Sport section today:
After last weekend's disappointment at Liverpool, we'll be looking to continue our impressive home form: we're starting a crucial spell of games in leage and Cup.
Sunderland have battled bravely this season, but they've clearly been out of their depth back in the Premiership.
We've scored three times in each of our past three home league games so we have to be confident of continuing that streak this afternoon.
DUE A BIG GAME: Georgios Samaras. Has been up and down so far, but will take confidence from his midweek goals for Greece.