Tip Sunderland - Stoke
January is all about Sunderland not selling Jermaine Defoe and getting out of the relegation zone. The former is still going to be a bit of a struggle but the latter could be achieved this weekend if they can beat Stoke City at home. Sunderland are just a point behind Crystal Palace but with a poor goal difference. Home form hasn't been bad recently with three wins, a draw and a loss to league leaders Chelsea in their last five. They are definitely capable of getting a win here against a Stoke City side not doing too well on their travels. They are 11th in the table and that's a good recovery after a slow start to the season. Their last three away league games have seen them defeated in all of them with 11 goals conceded. Stoke are the kind of side that Sunderland just have to beat at home if they want to stay in the Premier League and this preview believes they can get a narrow win.
Key points Sunderland - Stoke
Sunderland have won three of their last five home league games.
Stoke have lost their last three away league games conceding 11 goals.
Sunderland haven't lost a home league game to Stoke since 1982.
Sunderland have only lost one of their last five games against Stoke.
Conclusion Sunderland - Stoke
Sunderland have a great home record against Stoke and been getting some good results at the Stadium of Light. Stoke aren't that hot on their travels and Sunderland can get the win here.