Sunderland play host to Crewe Alexandra at Stadium Of Light on Saturday afternoon, aiming to preserve their record of never having lost at home to the visitors. The Black Cats have drawn both of the previous games against their opponents, however.
The last time the two teams met at Sunderland was back in December 1998, over five years ago, with Sunderland running out comfortable 2-0 winners in a League Division One match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2003/2004||Sat 22 Nov||Crewe Alex.||3 - 0||Sunderland||LD1|
|1998/1999||Mon 28 Dec||Sunderland||2-0||Crewe Alex.||LD1|
|1998/1999||Tue 03 Nov||Crewe Alex.||1 - 4||Sunderland||LD1|
|1997/1998||Sat 18 Apr||Sunderland||2 - 1||Crewe Alex.||LD1|
|1997/1998||Sat 20 Dec||Crewe Alex.||0 - 3||Sunderland||LD1|
|1948/1949||Sat 08 Jan||Crewe Alex.||0 - 2||Sunderland||FAC|
Recent respective form guides
Sunderland have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. A total of 10 goals have been scored by the Black Cats in those games, with 4 conceded.
In complete contrast to Sunderland, Crewe Alex. are having a torrid time on their travels, seeing them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While the The Railwaymen have hit 7 goals, 11 have hit the back of the wrong net.
Sunderland are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 72 points from 43 games. Crewe Alex. find themselves struggling down in 18th position in the league having picked up 52 points from their 44 matches.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Sunderland may be coming up against a decent side in Crewe Alex., but I do believe that its going to result in a narrow home win for the Black Cats. Home Win
|Sunderland||6 games since last home draw.|
Not won in the 4 most recent games.
|Crewe Alex.||Not won in previous 4 away matches.|
No win in the 2 most recent games.