FootyMAD's Derby County match preview

Last updated : 23 February 2007 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Sunderland v Derby County fixture

Sunderland are ready to welcome Derby County to Stadium Of Light on Saturday afternoon, looking to continue an impressive record. The The Black Cats are clearly on top, having won 41 and lost only 13 of the 66 games.

The previous match played between the two at Stadium Of Light was within the last three years, in October 2004, when they played out a goalless draw in a Championship match.

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

Recent encounters between the teams:
2006/2007Sat 09 SepDerby County1 - 2SunderlandCHMP
2004/2005Sun 16 JanDerby County0 - 2SunderlandCHMP
2004/2005Sat 02 OctSunderland0-0Derby CountyCHMP
2003/2004Sat 27 MarSunderland2 - 1Derby CountyCHMP
2003/2004Sat 20 SepDerby County1 - 1SunderlandCHMP
2001/2002Sat 11 MaySunderland1 - 1Derby CountyPREM
2001/2002Sat 09 FebDerby County0 - 1SunderlandPREM

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. The The Black Cats have scored 9 and conceded 1 during this period.

Derby County's away form is equally impressive, tasting just one defeat in their last six, and picking up four good wins. The Rams's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 5 goals for and 3 against.

Sunderland's total of 57 points from their 34 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Coca-Cola Championship. Derby County are leading the way in the Coca-Cola Championship, with their 33 games giving them a return of 63 points.

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

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

Sunderland are starting to turn Stadium Of Light into a fortress, but the quality of opposition for this game makes your FootyMad panel believe the teams will share the spoils on this occasion. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Sunderland Unbeaten in the last 4 home games.
Unbeaten run of 7 matches.
Derby County 5 games since last away draw.
An overall losing run of 2 games.
No win in the 3 most recent games.