Stoke City-Sunderland: Does it point to a point?

Patrick van Aanholt: Second top scorer
Patrick van Aanholt: Second top scorer
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It's Stoke City v Sunderland, get ready for a goal feast.

OK, perhaps not, but what today's match may lack in goals will be more than made up with tension.

On the face of it, the managers of the two clubs occupying the bottom places, may accept a draw.

Stoke have drawn their last two 1-1 and Sunderland should also have drawn their last two, only to concede so late against Crystal Palace.

The Potters, in cricket parlance, have rarely troubled the scorers this season, netting just five in the Premier League, only three from open play.

Dating back into last season, Stoke have only netted 10 goals in their last 13 top-flight games, scoring more than once on just one occasion.

Sunderland have not fared much better, netting six thus far, from only two sources. Jermain Defoe (4) and Patrick van Aanholt (2).

At the other end, Stoke have now gone 16 Premier League games without a clean sheet.

Sunderland are also without a clean sheet this season though they have surrendered points on their travels from a winning position at Southampton and have not lost by more than one goal away from home.

It looks like being tight and light on goals and don't rule out a 1-1.

That's what happened back in April when Defoe won and then converted a penalty at the death after Marko Arnautovic had put Mark Huhes's side ahead.