Sunderland Match Preview

Last updated : 25 November 2005 By Brian Cartlidge

History of the Sunderland v Birmingham City fixture

Blues face a trip to the Stadium Of Light on Saturday afternoon, and have come away with little in previous meetings, having been beaten a depressing 34 out of 52 times on Sunderland's home soil.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at The Stadium of Light was two seasons ago, in February 2004, when the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1-1 final scoreline in a F.A. Cup match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Wed 25 FebBirmingham C.0 - 2SunderlandFAC
2003/2004Sat 14 FebSunderland1 - 1Birmingham C.FAC
2002/2003Sat 12 AprBirmingham C.2 - 0SunderlandPREM
2002/2003Sat 23 NovSunderland0 - 1Birmingham C.PREM
1998/1999Sun 09 MaySunderland2 - 1Birmingham C.CHMP
1998/1999Sat 19 DecBirmingham C.0 - 0SunderlandCHMP
1997/1998Tue 10 MarSunderland1 - 1Birmingham C.CHMP

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland's dreadful home form has resulted in just 1 victory and 1 draw from their last six played. While the Black Cats have scored 5, a worringly large 14 have been leaked at the other end.

Birmingham City's away form is none too clever either, picking up two good wins, but losing three, from the last six. The Blues have scored 6 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 7.

Sunderland find themselves stuck right at the bottom of the division. Their 13 games have yielded only 5 points. Birmingham City are stuck down in the relegation zone of Barclays Premiership with a return of just 6 points from their 12 games thus far.

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Current form guides:PWDLFA
Birmingham C.610527

STB prediction ...

Blues have only shown average form on the road so far this season, but I am of the opinion a vitory at the Stadium Of Light will be achieved this weekend. Away win

Sequence statistics:
SunderlandBeen beaten in each of their previous 4 home matches.
Failed to win in previous 5 home matches.
Latest 6 games ended in defeat.
Not won in the 7 most recent games.
Birmingham C.Lost each of the previous 3 away matches.
Not won in previous 3 away matches.
An overall losing run of 2 games.
No win in the 2 most recent games.