Score Sunderland - Stoke City in Premier League 2015 (2-0)
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Full time! Sunderland claim their third win of the season after Stoke were reduced to 10 men just after the interval. Great performance from the Black Cats, disappointing from Stoke.

90+4 - Sunderland knocking the ball around in their own half in the final minute of the game. Can expect the whistle any second now.

90+1 - Johnson fires high and wide as Sunderland continue to look to add to their lead late on.

90 - There will be four added minutes.

89 - Sunderland comfortably seeing this out against the 10 men. A lot will be made of the visitors being a man down, but the hosts have been really positive today from the off in another improved performance.

85 - Another goal! Duncan Watmore seals the win! He breaks down the right, bursts into the area and fires the ball across Butland and into the far corner! 2-0!

82 - GOAL! Van Aanholt gives Sunderland the lead! A Sunderland free-kick is played across for the Dutchman to strike, and he fires it low and hard into the bottom corner from 25 yards!

80 - Pieters heads over his own bar after the ball was lifted in to Fletcher, the defender doing well to clear the danger under pressure.

75 - Fletcher goes down looking for a penalty, and replays suggest he had a case after Wollschied tripped him. Referee isn't interested, however. Meanwhile, Lens cuts inside from the left and blasts an effort high and wide.

74 - Sunderland going for it as O'Shea comes off for Johnson. Looks like a switch to 4-4-2, with van Aanholt and Yedlin to revert to standard full-back roles.

72 - Ball comes to Watmore but he can't bring it down to strike and the danger is cleared by Stoke for a throw-in.

64 - Diouf replaces Shaqiri for the visitors, whilst Lens sees a shot blocked and then blasts the resulting corner over the bar.

63 - Arnautovic thinks he's through on goal, but Pantilimon comes out to gather the pass as it runs away from the Austrian.

61 - Decent spell from Stoke sees them get a couple of efforts off from range, but Pantilimon doesn't have to really move to save either.

56 - And another save from Butland! And another! Lens' shot is saved by the 'keeper with his leg, before he spectacularly tips Coates' header over moments later!

55 - Great save! Lens strikes at goal and Butland blocks it at his near post. The Black Cats need to make this dominance count.

54 - Allardyce and Sunderland really looking to capitalise on their man advantage as Larsson is subbed off for Lens.

53 - M'Vila's shot trickles wide of the mark after a good move from Sunderland.

50 - Firstly, Bojan makes way for Cameron though, the Spaniard sacrified in order to give Stoke another defender having lost Shawcross.

49 - Foul by Kaboul on Walters gives Stoke a free-kick in a good position on the right wing to get the ball into the box.

47 - RED CARD! Shawcross is sent off for Stoke! Coates plays the ball up for Watmore, and the defender, who is the last man, clatters the youngster, with the referee having no choice but to send him off.

We're back underway at the Stadium of Light!

There is a clash between the Premier League's top two later tonight too, with leaders Leicester City welcoming Manchester United. You can read the Leicester preview for that game here, and the United one here, as we await the start of the second half.

The only other game being played in the English top flight at the moment is that at the Etihad where Manchester City are winning 2-0 against Southampton. Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring after nine minutes, and his effort was followed up by one from Fabian Delph, who marks his first start for the Citizens with a goal.

Selhurst Park has already seen four goals in the opening 45 minutes, with Crystal Palace leading Newcastle United 3-1. The Mags took the lead after 10 minutes through Papiss Cisse, but Palace have turned things around thanks to strikes from James McArthur, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha.

At Dean Court, Bournemouth trail Everton 2-0 after goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku. The Cherries started brightly, but they did not take the chances they created and have been punished by the clinical, and now dominant, Toffees.

Aston Villa are drawing 1-1 at home to Watford at the break, with Micah Richards' 41st minute strike cancelling out Odion Ighalo's opener for the visitors. This is a game that has been dubbed as a must-win for the Villans if they want to kickstart their season, with them rock bottom of the standings.

Let's do a quick round-up of the other games taking place at the moment in the Premier League...

That's half time! Struggling Sunderland have impressed with a surprisingly positive performance thus far, whilst Stoke have also posed problems, though the hosts have probably nicked it in this half.

45+2 - Adam heads over from a corner, but the effort was always rising and eventually flies a fair few yards above Pantilimon's goal.

45 - There will be two minutes of added time.

42 - Foul by Shawcross on Fletcher, the striker looking to break in on goal but hacked down by the Stoke captain who is shown a yellow card. Controversial, as the defender could have been booked just moments prior after the advantage was played following a challenge from him on Watmore. Van Aanholt does not make the most of the shooting opportunity from the free-kick, hitting the wall.

40 - Offside - Arnautovic thinks he's in on goal but the flag goes up as he flicks his header wide of the far post.

38 - More good work from Watmore wins Sunderland a corner, but Butland comes out to collect it rather comfortably.

33 - Chance for Stoke! Sublime ball into the box by Pieters which is attacked by Walters, but Pantilimon saves marvellously to keep the scores level. Moments later, first yellow of the day goes to Adam, who brings down Cattermole as he looks to break.

32 - The substitute gets stuck in right away too, putting the pressure on Arnautovic as he tries to see out the ball for a goal-kick. High intensity start from the youngster.

31 - Surprising replacement for Defoe as Watmore comes on, not Borini. Change of tactics perhaps? Or a new role for the winger?

30 - Coates goes down under pressure as a corner comes in, claiming for a penalty after a push in the back. Referee does not even move.

29 - Defoe still struggling as he gingerly moves around in the final third. Looks like he could be subbed off shortly.

24 - Dangerous cross into the box from Shaqiri is connected with by Larsson, but Pantilimon is there at the near post to hold the ball and prevent the Swede finding the back of his own net.

22 - Stoke seem to be playing on the counter a little more now after some unexpected dominance from Sunderland. However, could be a setback for the hosts here as Defoe, who was a doubt for this game, goes down with a problem.

18 - So close! Defoe arrows an effort mere inches wide of the post after a truly terrific move! Some lovely one and two touch passing around the edge of the box that really deserved a goal. Good start by the Black Cats.

13 - Fletcher flicks the ball over the Stoke defence for Defoe, but the bounce doesn't bounce nicely for him and Butland collects instead. Good spell for the hosts this.

10 - A nice interchange between Fletcher and Defoe sees the latter upended as they look to break through, but the referee sees nothing wrong with the challenge as Sunderland's attack collapses.

9 - Dangerous ball into the box from the left poses a problem for Sunderland, but Kaboul, last week's man of the match, hooks it clear.

8 - Good play from Sunderland ends with Fletcher finding the gloves of Butland at the near post with a rather tame effort.

6 - Very quiet start to the game with little of note happening at the moment. Stoke very much enjoying the better of the ball however.

We're underway!

Sunderland fan? Click here for our preview from the hosts' perspective, or, alternatively, view our Stoke City preview here instead.

Just under 10 minutes until kick-off, so check out our previews for this match!

Stoke subs: Haugaard, Wilson, Afellay, Van Ginkel, Diouf, Cameron, Crouch.

Sunderland subs: Mannone, Borini, Johnson, Matthews, Lens, Toivonen, Watmore.

Defoe is fit to start for Sunderland, whilst Borini returns on the bench.

No real surprises or changes to either side from last time out then. Yedlin comes in for the suspended Jones for Sunderland, whilst Stoke name the same XI from their previous three fixtures.

Stoke City XI (4-2-3-1): Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautović; Walters.

Sunderland XI (3-5-2): Pantilimon; Kaboul, Coates, O'Shea; Yedlin, Larsson, Cattermole, M'Vila, van Aanholt; Fletcher, Defoe.

The teams are out!

Stoke City predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautović; Walters.

Sunderland predicted XI (3-5-2): Pantilimon; Kaboul, Coates, O'Shea; Yedlin, Johnson, Cattermole, M'Vila, van Aanholt; Fletcher, Borini.

With both in need of wins for contrasting reasons, it is sure to be a well-contested game on Wearside this afternoon with plenty of action to discuss in the aftermath.

The hosts, on the other hand, will hope that Monday's win has more of an impact on their season than the win against Newcastle did, that derby victory proving to be nothing more than a false positive as they went on to lose their next two games.

Hughes' star-studded Potters have been expected to do much bigger things this season, and a win at Sunderland can help them continue their terrific form and maintain the momentum they are slowly but steadily building after two consecutive wins.

It is not just the two aforementioned wingers who will cause Sunderland problems either, but their entire front four, who have all been deadly and potent so far this season. Former Barcelona man Bojan was the match-winner last time out and he is sure to trouble the hosts' back three, as will striker Jonathan Walters, who has proven throughout his career that he knows where the goal is.

Stoke, however, will not be expected to change their team, with Mark Hughes having named the same starting XI for the last three games. 

Allardyce may make a few tweaks in terms of personnel, with last week's match-winner Jermain Defoe having picked up a knock that may limit him to the bench and Billy Jones suspended, but one would expect him to stick with the same set-up, especially since the added support out wide can help deal with the threat posed by the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautović.

The formation gives Sunderland plenty of firepower going forward too, with two strikers deployed and the attacking threat that is Patrick van Aanholt able to roam more freely in a left wing-back role than he is allowed to in an orthodox left-back position.

At Crystal Palace, Sam Allardyce opted to deploy the Black Cats in a 3-5-2 set-up, which was a bold move considering that it led to them conceding six at Everton earlier in the season. However, the risk paid off, largely due to the manager having all options available, whereas last time he went for three at the back because of injuries.

With both teams having recorded wins last time out, and kept clean sheets, there may not be many changes to their starting line-ups either. 

Both sides will have full strength squads at their disposal for this fixture too, with only Stoke having someone on the treatment table and that being goalkeeper Shay Given - whose absence, with all due respect, means little to nothing at the moment given the form of Jack Butland.

A win for the Potters could propel them well into the top half of the table, with them 11th prior to kick-off, whereas Sunderland could lift themselves out of the dreaded drop zone and above local rivals Newcastle United.

Stoke, on the other hand, come into the fixture searching for their third successive victory, having beaten Southampton 1-0 on the road last time out and Chelsea by the same scoreline at home before the international break.

Despite meetings between these two being close in recent years, the form of each coming into this game makes Stoke the overwhelming favourites to secure all three points. Sunderland may have beaten Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Monday, and looked much better in the process, but that was just their second league win of the campaign and they remain in the relegation zone. 

Sebastian Coates will especially want to stay out of the referee's book, with the Sunderland defender just one booking away from a one match ban, having racked up four yellow cards already this season.

However, the two teams will be keen not to continue this theme today, especially given that Dean has dished out red cards in each of his last two games officiated - sending off Preston North End's Bailey Wright as they lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers last week, and West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley before the international break in their 2-0 defeat away at Manchester United.

In the 2013-14 season, Wes Brown and Steven N'Zonzi were sent for early baths, costing their respective sides in the process as they fell to defeats as a result.

Sunderland have been guilty of this too, but their first red in the fixture did not effect them as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at home in the 2012-13 season, despite Craig Gardner being sent off before John O'Shea's equaliser.

This started back in 2009 when Matthew Etherington was sent off for Stoke, leading to his side conceding two late goals to lose 2-0. Following that, Ryan Shawcross' dismissal at the Stadium of Light a year later led to Sunderland winning by the same scoreline, and the Potters were again cursing their lack of discipline the following season when Robert Huth saw red and Sunderland capitalised by winning 1-0 courtesy of James McClean's effort on the hour.

However, in recent meetings there has been a reoccurring theme of indiscipline from these two, with six red cards produced in their last 14 encounters.

There has been little to separate the two in recent times though, with their last six meetings producing two draws and two wins for each team. The tightness was epitomised in their last clash, with Stoke held to a 1-1 draw back in April at the Britannia Stadium, Connor Wickham's opener inside 60 seconds for the Black Cats cancelled out by Charlie Adam's effort later in the half.

The Potters also trail in the head-to-head statistics having won 30 of their meetings with the Black Cats, whereas the North East side have won 37 - the remaining 26 games ending all square.

The appointment will be good news for Sunderland who have enjoyed some memorable wins whilst Dean has officiated, including results over both Manchester City and Chelsea. Their record under his charge is good too, reading four wins and one draw since the start of the 2013-14 season. 

Mike Dean will be the man in the middle on Wearside later today, taking charge of his 12th Premier League game of the season. Only one of those games has involved either of these two teams, that being the 1-1 draw between Stoke and Norwich City at Carrow Road back in August.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Stoke City. My name is Ameé Ruszkai and I will be taking you through events as they unfold today at the Stadium of Light.

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