Sunderland v Southampton team news and line-ups: John O?Shea and Adnan Januzaj to return for Sunderland, Sofiane Boufal out for Saints
SUNDERLAND will look to continue their revival as out of form Southampton visit the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats blew away Crystal Palace on Saturday, thanks to a Jermain Defoe double.
Two wonderful Jermain Defoe goals put Sunderland out of sight
Three defeats in the last four Premier League games have seen Southampton drop out of the top 10 and despite reaching the League Cup final, Saints boss Claude Puel needs a league win, starting on Wearside this Saturday.
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What is the Sunderland team news?
David Moyes welcomes back experienced defender John O’Shea who limped out of the Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury and Adnan Januzaj has recovered from a hip problem suffered in the same game.
Definitely out are the suspended Papy Djilobodji and jack Rodwell with a hamstring injury.
What is the Southampton team news?
Claude Puel will be without record signing Sofinae Boufal who damaged his ankle in the loss at home to West Ham and Virgil van Dijk is still missing with his own ankle knock.
What time is it on?
Sunderland vs Southampton kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, February 11.
Where can I watch it?
The game will not be broadcast live in the UK because of Uefa blackout rules, but TalkSPORT will have updates in Matchday Live from 1pm.
Highlights will be available from 5.15pm on the Sun Football app and on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10.30pm
On loan Adnan Januzaj who starred in the Palace win is a major doubt with a hip injury.
John O’Shea is a doubt after being forced off against Palace with a hamstring injury.
Virgil van Dijk is still out with ankle injury whole Sofiane Boufal and Jake Hesketh are doubts.
Jermain Defoe is on fire and will shoot the Black Cats to another win.
Sunderland haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League games against the Saints (W1 D5 L2), conceding 16 goals – although half of those came in an 8-0 defeat in October 2014.
There hasn’t been a goalless draw between these sides in any competition since March 1978 – each of the last 37 games has seen at least one goal scored.
David Moyes has lost only once in 11 previous Premier League meetings with Southampton (0-1 in September 2002 at Everton), though six matches have been draws (W4).
Jermain Defoe has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Southampton for Sunderland. Both goals came away from home – giving Sunderland the lead in the 80th and 85th minute respectively, only for Southampton to equalise five minutes later both times.
Defoe’s two goals against Crystal Palace took him into second place in Sunderland’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorers with 33 goals, one ahead of Niall Quinn on 32 – although he is 28 goals behind Kevin Phillips (61 goals).
Three of Sunderland’s last four Premier League goals against the Saints have been penalties (two from Jordi Gomez and one from Defoe).
Southampton are one of three Premier League sides yet to collect a point away from home in 2017, along with Burnley and Bournemouth.
Only Hull (77) have faced more shots on target in home Premier League games this season than the Black Cats (76).
Manolo Gabbiadini became the 100th Premier League scorer for Southampton when he scored against West Ham – only one Saints player has ever scored in their first two Premier League appearances for the club, with Henri Camara doing so in February 2005.
Sunderland have kept as many clean sheets in their last two league outings (2) as they did in the 22 games under David Moyes prior to tha