Didn't see that result at the break when Sunderland were losing but with ten men they came back to draw 1-1. Excellent game.
Bardsley comes on in place of the very tired Johnson.
N'Zonzi tries from 30 yards but O'Shea blocks.
Crouch comes off for former Sunderland player Jones.
All Sunderland now but Johnson has gone down with what looks like cramp.
There will be 4 minutes of time added on.
Sub Vaughan has a go from 25 yards but he drags wide. Still time for another...
Johnson takes it deep to Cuellar but his header is high and into Begovic's hands.
McClean with a chance wide and it's blocked but Rose wins Di Canio's side a free-kick in a good position.
Larsson off for Vaughan for the home side.
Another Stoke corner, N'Zonzi has a chance with his back to goal but he flicks it over the bar.
Adam off in place of Etherington for Stoke.
Johnson this time down the right but he gives away a foul.
Another chance for Sunderland. Johnson does brilliantly but Graham can't find a header. Great game now.
Rose hit's the post. Super little run along the area and Begovic looked beaten.
Adam takes it again but Mignolet does well. Cleared.
Di Canio almost on the pitch. He thinks his side can do it. Stoke have the ball though and it deflects out for a Stoke corner.
Oren has been in touch (@FootballMcD): "I think 2-1 Stoke I'm a Newcastle fan from tonbridge Adam to Snatch 90min Goal"
Chance for Stoke. Whitehead has a shot from 19 yards but it's straight at Mignolet.
Pulis letting the referee know what he thought of that decision. He wanted a free-kick for a foul on Walters but will have to make do with a throw.
Free-kick for Sunderland. Johnson fouled by Whitehead. Johnson delivered but it's long and goes out.
Time for a brief rest. Jerome flagged offside.
Stoke Corner. Adam delivers but Mignolet fists clear this time.
What a twenty minutes we are in for. Let me know what you think. Send a Tweet to @FootballMcD.
Back up and running. Walters looks a little like Terry Butcher at the moment. Heavily bandaged on the head department.
Sunderland look more likely now. Di Canio was even on the pitch for a moment while there was a stoppage.
They can't with ten men, can they? No more than Sunderland deserve.
O'Shea stabs home Larsson's corner. What a response from ten men.
Strange clearance by Huth but it's a Sunderland throw.
At the other end N'Zonzi has a go from distance but it's well saved by Mignolet.
Sunderland having a go and they win a corner. O'Shea tries his luck but Whitehead is on the line to clear.
Excellent by Adam again. A good interchange with Jerome but the striker can't finish.
Adam looks for Crouch but he's just offside. Unlucky.
Shotton intercepts Mignolet's ball but luckily Cuellar gets back to tackle. Sunderland fans won't appreciate that!
Excellent by Johnson. He goes for the direct approach and forces Begovic into a save.
Stoke letting Sunderland have it and sitting with two banks of four.
Adam wide to Walters back to Adam but he can't connect from 18 yards and Sunderland escape.
Graham again chasing long balls but it's easy for Stoke.
And then Walters kicks it out...
Stoke have never won at Sunderland in the Premier League and with the extra man they are keeping the ball quite well.
McClean attempts to get on O'Shea's ball but Stoke defend well again.
Begovic has it and looks long for Walters. He can only head it out of play.
Adam tries to hit back at the other end but Sunderland pile forward again.
Sub during the break for Stoke. Cameron comes on for Wilson.
Graham has a half chance straight away but it's cleared by Shotton. Larsson then has a go. Corner to Sunderland.
We are off and running again in the second half...
1-0 to Stoke at the break. Hard task for Sunderland especially as they are down to ten men.
Free-kick to Sunderland. Last chance of the half. Larsson and Johnson standing over the ball, Johnson hits it and it goes just wide.
Adam fires it towards Jerome but his header lacks power and it goes wide. Good chance. Crouch wasn't far either.
3 minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
Colback makes a run down the right but he can't latch onto Johnson's ball. Goal kick.
N'Zonzi for a late tackle on N'Diaye.
Stoke happy to play the ball out from the back more now. Far easier with the extra man. Di Canio looks concerned on the touchline. Walters has a chance but it's blocked.
McClean on the right this time seeing plenty of the ball but his delivery doesn't beat the first man and Stoke break through Walters.
Stoke looking for Jerome over the top again but this time the ball runs through to Mignolet.
Impressive even before the red card from Stoke. Johnson this time unable to force a way through.
Real test of character for Sunderland now. They are trying to press through Graham this time but Stoke City have plenty of men behind the ball.
Stoppage in play as a supporter is on the pitch.
For Larsson and earlier for Whitehead. Card crazy!
Straight red for Gardner. Looked like a lunge on Adam. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Cuellar booked for a late challenge on Jerome.
Rose looks a good bet for Sunderland going forward. He tries to get into the box buy N'Zonzi tracks him well.
Graham looking very isolated at times for the home side. Needs more support.
Credit to McClean though he still wants the ball and when he feeds Gardner his cross is headed away. Good spell from Sunderland.
Adam fouls McClean and is now on his last warning. A yellow card next time.
Sunderland having plenty of the ball 30 or so yards from the Stoke 'keeper but look very short of ideas thus far.
Groans from the Sunderland fans as McClean tries an ambitious shot from 30 yards.
Mignolet claims the resulting ball into the box from Adam. More urgency required in front of him though.
Jerome this time does well down the right and he wins another throw for Stoke City.
Johnson again tries his luck from range but it wasn't troubling Begovic.
Another Stoke corner. This time by Whitehead. Can they score again? Not this time. Mignolet claims well.
Sunderland struggling to get into a rhythm at the moment. Comfortable for Stoke who are defending well.
Free-kick and a chance for Johnson to deliver but N'Zonzi heads away well
Adam has taken a tumble over the boarding but looks ok.
Disaster involving Graham again. Gardner takes a quick throw, Graham doesn't move and it trickles out for a goal kick.
McClean gets into another great position and his ball is a good one but Graham is nowhere to be seen.
Free-kick taken by Gardner but Begovic doesn't move and it drifts wide.
Free-kick to Sunderland. Johnson got the wrong side of Whitehead and he pulls him back.
Johnson's corner is cleared well by Huth.
Corner to Sunderland. McClean strikes but it's deflected over.
Walters opens the scoring. Adam takes the corner and Walter's first attempt is stopped by a defenders head but he makes no mistake with the second powering it high past Mignolet.
Shotton does well down the right and wins his side a throw. Good work by Walters to get the attacking going. Shotton's throw is turned away though for a corner.
At the other end Jerome threatened but Cuellar is quick to spot the danger and clears.
Corner to Sunderland. Good run by Graham who is picked out by Johnson. Johnson takes the corner but when the ball breaks to Larsson he fires over the bar.
Adam crossed but it's long and Rose runs the ball forward. Sunderland keep the ball well.
Ball bobbling around halfway. Adam and Huth exchanging passes and Jerome wins Stoke a throw.
The Sunderland managers name echoes around the ground. Begovic clears under pressure. Good start from Di Canio's men.
Gardner looks for Graham straight away through the middle and Sunderland enjoy a couple of quick throws.
Sunderland, the home side, will get us started. And off we go...
The crowd are certainly in good voice as the two captains go through the pre match formalities.
The players are making their way out. It's a beautiful evening in the North East.
Plenty of markets are active while the game is in progress as well. Head over to Sky Bet before or during the game. http://www.skybet.com/football/premier-league/event/15159475
Ashley has been in touch via Twitter (@FootballMcD). He says: "It's going to be a rather good game as both clubs need the points I'm going to say a draw with Sunderland to score first."
Di Canio says it has been a long week since the last game against Aston Villa but that his players are ready.
Di Canio has said pre match that a win is 'vital' for his Sunderland side.
You can get involved like Niall as well. Tweet @FootballMcD with your thoughts on the game through the evening.
Niall has been in touch already. He said: "Hoping for a similar result for Sunderland as last Monday to help Wigan's customary escape"
We all know what happened last time Sunderland played a Premier League game on a Monday evening. They were hammered by Aston Villa. Should be a cracker tonight. Stoke probably need a point to secure their status as a Premier League side while Sunderland will want all three as they look to climb away from the relegation trapdoor.
You can get involved this evening too. Send a Tweet to @FootballMcD and I will try to get as many comments on as possible.
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Stoke City starting XI v Sunderland: Begovic; Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Whitehead, Adam, N'Zonzi, Walters; Crouch, Jerome.
Sunderland starting XI v Stoke City: Mignolet; Colback, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, N'Diaye, Gardner, McClean; Graham.
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Good evening and welcome to Sunderland v Stoke City in what is a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League.
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