The Baggies have big chances against faithless Sunderland

Last updated: October 12, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Hawthorns
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLWD
Away form: DLLLL
Last season: 2-2
Competition: The Premier League

Sunderland’s manager Dick Advocaat has recently informed the club’s chairman of his decision to leave his position. The Dutchman revealed his feeling saying, things had gone wrong and he wanted to give enough time for Sunderland to turn things around and avoid relegation at the end of the season. The manager’s resignation is another big problem for The Black Cats; they still haven’t won a single Premiership match this season.

This is the right time for West Bromwich Albion to take another three points – from the 19th team in the standings of The Premiership, a team without a head coach. In addition, The Baggies will play at The Hawthorns, a place where they rarely lose against weaker teams. West Brom haven’t showed their best form so far; they’ve lost 4 of their first 8 matches.

West Brom has lost two consecutive games, having recorded only 8 points so far it seems they will be also involved in the relegation battle; this means the match is a real “six-pointer”. The Baggies’ schedule is really hard; they will have to play against Leicester, Man United and Arsenal next month, so they will have to win this game.

Team News

No injured players for West Bromwich Albion, except the long-term injured goalkeeper Ben Foster who will be fit in a month.

Sunderland’s striker Danny Graham has recently received an injury and surely will miss the game. Graham has taken part in 3 of The Black Cats’ matches this season.

Adam Johnson is injured again. After returning to the pitch a month ago, the ex Man City player picked up another injury and won’t be available.

There is a possibility, Sunderland’s new signing Adam Matthews, will be selected for the team, but he is not yet ready to start a match.

Quotes of the week

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (WBA) : “When you look at Alan’s record over the years he’s been as good as anybody.”

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “Mental fragility is there, no doubt about it.”

Expected line-ups:

WBA (4-5-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, Yacob, Berahino.
Subs Lambert, McManaman, Gamboa, Ideye, Anichebe, Rondon, Rose
Injured: Foster
Not available:
Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Kaboul, O’Shea, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Larsson, M’Vila, Defoe, Toivonen.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Gooch, Jordi Gomez, Bridcutt, Watmore, Coates
Injured: Graham, Johnson
Not available:

Key Battle

callum mcmanaman McManaman this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
2 (4) 215 0 1 1 0 1 0
mvila M’Vila this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 630 1 0,4 2 0 0 0

So far this season

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West Bromwich this season Sunderland this season
17 League Position 19
0 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (0)
1-0 vs. Stoke and Aston Villa Biggest win
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
3 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (3)
0-3 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Morrison, Berahino (2) Top scorer Lens, Defoe, Fletcher (2)
Morrison (2) Assist Leader Lens, M’Vila (2)
Y19, R0 Discipline Y21, R2
4 Failures to score 3
4 Clean Sheets 0
2 Both Teams to Score Games 5
3 Over 2.5 Games 5
5 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • Sunderland hasn’t won at The Hawthorns since 3rd March 2007 when in The Championship, The Black Cats won 2-1.
  • West Bromwich Albion have achieved one victory more in the Head to Head stats over their opponents: (42 WBA victories – 31 draws – 41 Sunderland victories).
  • Sunderland has collected just one point from their four away matches this season. The Black Cats drew 2-2 against Aston Villa.
  • The Baggies have lost 3 of their 4 home matches this season; this is maybe down to their opponents WBA have met – Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton. Their only home point is against Southampton (0-0).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
21/02/15 The Premier League Sunderland 0-0 WBA
16/08/14 The Premier League WBA 2-2 Sunderland Cattermole 5′
07/05/14 The Premier League Sunderland 2-0 WBA Colback 13′
21/09/13 The Premier League WBA 3-0 Sunderland Sessegnon 20′
23/02/13 The Premier League WBA 2-1 Sunderland Lukaku (PG) 35′