Sunderland v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 11th December 2015 1:11

Troy Deeney: Has scored in four straight games for Watford

Sunderland are unbeaten in six games against Watford but on Saturday will come up against an in-form Troy Deeney at the Stadium of Light.

Team news

Sunderland remain without Lee Cattermole and Sebastian Larsson due to back and knee injuries respectively, while Steven Fletcher faces a fitness test on a foot injury. Jermain Defoe and Wes Brown, however, are both fit again.

Watford, meanwhile, will be without Valon Behrami, who has a calf injury, and Sebastian Prodl, who has returned to training but will not be risked.

Opta stats

  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Watford (W4 D2).
  • However, the Black Cats haven’t won successive Premier League games at the Stadium of Light since May 2014. In fact, since that time they have won only six of 27 games on home soil (W6 D10 L11).
  • Coming into this season, Watford had won just three of their 38 Premier League away games, but they have won three of seven so far in 2015-16.
  • Watford now have six victories in the league this season, equalling the most they have ever enjoyed in a full Premier League season (1999/00).
  • Troy Deeney has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances, including the last four in a row, becoming the first Watford player to score in four successive PL games.
  • Odion Ighalo has been directly involved in 11 goals (nine goals, two assists) in 15 Premier League appearances – already more than any other Watford player in the history of the competition.
  • Ighalo (25) and Deeney (17) have scored 42 goals combined in league football in 2015, 10 more than Sunderland have overall this year (32).
  • Sunderland have allowed their opponents to have the most shots on target in the Premier League so far this season (91).
  • Sunderland have the worst passing accuracy in the opposition half (64.3%) and in the final third of the pitch (55.8%) this season.


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