FootyMAD's Sunderland match preview

Last updated : 01 October 2004 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Sunderland v Derby County fixture

Derby County face a trip to Sunderland at Stadium Of Light on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Rams will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 41 and win only 13 of the 65 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in March 2004, the Black Cats carving out a narrow 2 - 1 victory in a League Division One match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Sat 27 MarSunderland2 - 1Derby CountyCHMP
2003/2004Sat 20 SepDerby County1 - 1SunderlandCHMP
2001/2002Sat 11 MaySunderland1 - 1Derby CountyPREM
2001/2002Sat 09 FebDerby County0 - 1SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Sat 03 FebDerby County1 - 0SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Sat 16 SepSunderland2 - 1Derby CountyPREM
1999/2000Sat 26 FebSunderland1 - 1Derby CountyPREM

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 14 goals for the Black Cats, with 5 goals against.

Derby County have an average recent record on the road, winning 2 of the last six, but losing the other 4. The Rams's have scored 6 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 8.

Sunderland lie just outside the playoff positions in the Coca-Cola Championship, picking up 17 points from their 11 games so far. Derby County see themselves just below half way in the Coca-Cola Championship, showing a record of 14 points from their 11 games played so far,

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Black Cats, as the Rams have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Sunderland Unbeaten in the last 9 home games.
Derby County 9 games since last away draw.
Drawn each of the last 2 games.
No win in the 3 most recent games.