The Black Cats are expected to perform well.
Last updated: April 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Stadium of Light|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Sunderland have only lost 1 of their last 6 Premier League games. And despite recently performing well, The Black Cats are still in the danger zone. Sam Allardyce’s players are on a run of three consecutive draws in the league and now they desperately need the three points against West Bromwich Albion, in order to get out of the relegation zone.
The Baggies have won only 2 of their last 10 away Premier League matches. They have already secured their place in the division, so Tony Pulis’ lads will feel no pressure for the rest of the season. West Brom lost to Norwich City in the last round and it’s very likely they will do so again against Sunderland on Saturday.
Saido Berahino scored the only goal in the match between these two teams at The Hawthorns earlier this season. On the other hand, Sunderland have the advantage when playing at home against West Brom. The Black Cats have recorded 28 victories of 57 matches, having scored 113 goals. The Baggies have won only 10 away matches. There has also been 19 draws.
Emmanuel Eboue has recently arrived in Sunderland as a free agent, but the right-back has a hamstring problem and still can’t make his debut.
Duncan Watmore is suffering from an ankle injury. The striker has found the net on 2 occasions in 17 games this season.
The Scottish international player James Morrison has a hamstring problem, so he is going to miss the visit to The Stadium of Light.
Chris Brunt and Callum McManaman are the other sidelined players for West Bromwich Albion. Brunt is out until the end of the season.
Quotes of the week
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “Gardner’s old school – an old fashioned professional who’s brilliant round the dressing room.”
Tony Pulis (WBA) : “I will sit down with the chairman and discuss where the club’s going.”
|Sunderland (4-1-4-1):||Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Rodwell, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.|
|Subs||Lens, Toivonen, Cattermole, O’Shea, Pickford, Jones, N’Doye.|
|WBA (4-4-1-1):||Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Berahino, Rondon.|
|Subs||Anichebe, McClean, Pritchard, Chester, Sandro, Lambert, Myhill.|
|Injured:||Brunt, McManaman, Morrison.|
So far this season
|Sunderland this season||West Bromwich this season|
|4 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||6 (4)|
|3-0 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||3-2 vs. Crystal Palace|
|4 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (3)|
|6 (10)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (5)|
|2-6 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Southampton and Man City|
|Defoe (12)||Top scorer||Rondon (7)|
|Johnson (5)||Assist Leader||Brunt, Fletcher, Morrison (3)|
|Y51, R2||Discipline||Y56, R3|
|9||Failures to score||10|
|18||Both Teams to Score Games||13|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||12|
|14||Under 2.5 Games||18|
- West Bromwich Albion are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 games against The Black Cats in all competitions.
- The Baggies have scored 30 goals in The Premier League this season, which means they score exactly 1 goal on average per game.
- Sunderland have conceded at least one goal in their last 17 competitive games. The Black Cats have kept a clean sheet on only 3 occasions.
- Tony Pulis’ players won 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches. They only lost once (0-1 to Norwich City at The Hawthorns last weekend).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|17/10/15||The Premier League||West Bromwich 1-0 Sunderland||S. Berahino 54′|
|21/02/15||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich||—|
|16/08/14||The Premier League||West Bromwich 2-2 Sunderland||L. Cattermole 5′|
|07/05/14||The Premier League||Sunderland 2-0 West Bromwich||J. Colback 13′|
|21/09/13||The Premier League||West Bromwich 3-0 Sunderland||S. Sessègnon 20′|