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New Season, New Team - Sunderland

23 May 2018

Let's look at our new opponents for the 2018/19 season...

The 2017/18 season is unfortunately over and done with for Blues and now it's time to look ahead to the new season which brings new challenges.
This week we look at the first team to come down from the Championship and that's former Premier League side Sunderland.
Sunderland were formed in 1879 and have won six First Dvision titles (now the Premier League), a total only bettered by five other clubs.
The Black Cats played in the Premier League for 10 consecutive seasons (2007/08 - 2016/17) before being relegated to the Championship and now League One.
Since joining the Football League back in 1890, Sunderland have only ever played in the third division on one occasion (1987/88), making next season the second time in their history.
Sunderland play at the Stadium Of Light and have done since 1997.
The ground holds 48,707 spectators and has a statue of former FA Cup winning manager Bob Stokoe outside the ground.
Out of the seven visits to Sunderland, Blues have won four and lost three.
They finished the season rock bottom of the Champoinship table after picking up 37 points from 46 games.
They scored 52 goals last season, but conceded 80 meaning they finished with a -28 goal difference.
Sunderland finished the season with just three wins at home, and was probably their undoing in the end.
The Black Cats don't currently have a long-term solution at the helm, but the man that has been linked with the job is the man that untimately took them down - Chris Coleman.
Coleman was sacked when relegation was confirmed in late April, but with new owners, the Black Cats may opt to bring the former Wales boss back.
Robbie Stockdale ended the campaign in caretaker charge for the Black Cats with a win, one that many saw as a massive shock after they beat the 2018 Championship Winners, Wolves 3-0.
The last time the two clubs met was on 17th February 2007 at the Stadium Of Light.
It ended in a 4-0 defeat after goals from David Connolly, Tobias Hysen and a brace from Stern John.

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