English Premier League: Sunderland vs Norwich City - Preview

Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 13:02

London: Relegation-threatened Sunderland turn their attention to the visit of Norwich City in the Premier League after their Capital One Cup win over Chelsea.

Ki Sung-Yueng scored a dramatic late extra-time winner against Jose Mourinho`s side to book Sunderland`s place in the semi-finals on Tuesday night.

Manager Gus Poyet urged his Sunderland side to build on that victory as they look to end a run of five top-flight games without a win.

The Stadium of Light outfit produced an encouraging display at fellow strugglers West Ham last weekend, but a lack of a cutting edge ensured they had to settle for a goalless draw.

Sunderland are four points adrift at the bottom of the table and have only won twice in the top flight this season, but they can take heart from their recent home record against Norwich.

Trips to Sunderland have produced little cheer for Norwich, who have lost four of their last five games at the Stadium of Light and have failed to win there since August 1997.

Fabio Borini and Ki both scored after coming off the bench against Chelsea and impressed Poyet with the impact they made.

He said: "That’s why Fabio is so important for us because sometimes he doesn`t find himself in the team for different reasons, but as soon as he gets on he affects the game and credit to him.

"Also Ki, you don`t see him scoring too much but now he’s playing further forward I think he`s going to give us that extra quality near the box, so they’ve done very well.

"You need players like that; sometimes they are on the bench and they are not happy but then they become the heroes and then they go home really, really happy."

Poyet will be hoping Jack Colback (illness) is available to return, while Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and Carlos Cuellar (hip) are doubts once again.

Norwich make the long journey north after taking seven points from their previous four games, while they also won last time out on the road at West Brom.

In-form striker Gary Hooper will be looking to score in a third consecutive game after his stunning long-range strike in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City last Sunday.

Netherlands striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) and goalkeeper Mark Bunn (ankle) are set to return to the squad.

But Robert Snodgrass (knee), Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), and Alex Tettey (ankle) are all out, while Elliott Bennett (knee) is a doubt once again.

Goal.com



First Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 13:20

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