Goals will be in short supply at the Stadium of Light as both sides look set to keep things tight at the back.
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The Mackems have been treated to three wins at the Stadium of Light since the former Brighton boss came to town.
The Black Cats have dug deep under Gus Poyet and can emulate a number of top-flight clubs who have triumphed upon returning to a scene of prior disaster.
Sunderland can’t score away from home and Stoke’s home matches fall below the 2.5 goal tally, leaving one result.
A comprehensive display on his league return points to a defensively solid future for the Black Cats.
City know a thing or two about misfiring on the road and an historic 0-0 beckons against Sunderland.
The Black Cats are aiming for a fourth consecutive home victory over the Citizens.
Steve Bruce has developed the happy knack of almost never losing to his past employers.