Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt (third left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winner in Sunderland’s last home victory in December 2016

It has been a staggering 21 competitive home games since Sunderland last won a home match.

It must seem like a distant memory for Sunderland fans the memorable 1-0 win over Watford on December 16 with Patrick van Aanholt scoring the only goal.

To give Sunderland fans  optimism heading into the match against Fulham, here are 20 reasons to be hopeful of getting all three points.


  1. They just took a point off the league leaders with 10 men


  1. Chris Coleman seems to be getting his methods across


  1. The players look like they are playing for the shirt


  1. Lewis Grabban is in-form


  1. Surely, they can’t go 365 days without a home win


  1. It’s set to be a bigger crowd than usual on Saturday


  1. Confidence should be high after last week’s point


  1. Fulham haven’t been great this year


  1. John O’Shea looks to be gaining his confidence and leadership skills back


  1. Players will be fighting for their place with a January transfer window coming up


  1. The young players look eager to make an impact on the new manager


  1. Lee Cattermole is suspended


  1. The goalkeeper looks to be sorted out, for now


  1. The defence looks solid under Coleman


  1. Fulham have conceded 11 goals in their last four away matches


  1. The players have listened to everything Coleman has told them


  1. Mistakes don’t seem a certainty in every game anymore


  1. The fans are getting behind the team once again


  1. Fulham have only scored three goals in their last three games


  1. If they can get a point against Wolves, they can easily beat Fulham


On Saturday night we will know if Sunderland will be going 365 days without winning a competitive match at home across three different managers and two divisions.