Wolves halted a run of seven defeats with a well-earned draw at the Stadium of Light, but are five points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.
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Venue: Stadium of Light
Date: Saturday, 14 April, 2012
Kick off: 15:00
Wolves beat Sunderland 2-1 at Molineux in December. Martin O’Neill was in the directors’ box before taking charge of his first match as Sunderland boss a week later.
Wolves have won their last four meetings with Sunderland.
Their 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light in May last season, though, was their first victory at Sunderland since 1993.
The last time either side kept a clean sheet in this fixture was 11 games ago, in February 1998, when Sunderland won 1-0.
Sunderland have only won two of their last nine league matches.
Sunderland won 23 points in their first 10 matches under Martin O’Neill (W7, D1, L2), but in the following nine games they have picked up just nine points (W2, D3, L4).
Sunderland have won six of their nine league games at home under O’Neill, losing just once (1-2 v Arsenal).
Wolves have lost their last seven matches, and eight out of their last nine.
Terry Connor has taken one point from his first eight games in charge; the only manager to make a worse start at a Premier League club was Connor’s mentor Mick McCarthy, who didn’t earn a single point in his first eight games at Sunderland in 2003.
Wolves have conceded at least twice in each of their last nine league matches (a total of 29 goals). Only two clubs in Premier League history have had a longer streak of conceding twice in matches – Wimbledon (10 matches) in 2000 and West Brom (10 matches) from 2010-11.