Sunderland are just a point away from safety.

Last updated: February 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Boleyn Ground
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWLW
Away form: WDLDL
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

Sam Allardyce proved again he is a great manager and he knows who best to sign for his club. The Black Cats beat Manchester United 2-1 at The Stadium of Light in the last Premier League round. The new signing Wahbi Khazri opened in the 3rd minute against The Red Devils. Then, another new player, Lamine Kone helped David De Gea score an own goal and secured the important three points for Sunderland.

Now, The Black Cats will have an even more difficult task against West Ham United on Saturday. The Hammers are in good form. They are lying in 7th place of the standings and are just 7 points below the 4th position, which would qualify the holder a place in The Champions League.

Furthermore, West Ham United qualified for the quarter-finals of The FA Cup, after they smashed Blackburn Rovers by 5-1 at Ewood Park last weekend. The Hammers’ new signing Emmanuel Emenike showed great potential and scored two goals for his new team. In addition, Dimitri Payet is in great shape. He has scored 9 goals and has made 5 assists, becoming the ‘Man of The Match’ on 3 occasions.

Team News

Jan Kirchhoff received an injury in the 15th minute of the game against Manchester United. He will need another week to recover from his hamstring problem.

Billy Jones, Duncan Watmore, Jeremain Lens and Sebastian Larsson are the other injured Sunderland players. Lens has an inguinal hernia.

Beijing Renhe signed the West Ham forward Nikica Jelavic for about £2 m. The Croatian forward scored 2 goals in 15 matches for The Hammers this season.

Slaven Bilic has problems in the defensive line of his team. 4 key defenders are injured for The Hammers. Winston Reid, Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins and Joey O’Brien are sidelined.

Quotes of the week

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “I don’t think that any manager is approaching FA Cup without trying to win the game. The FA Cup is massive.”

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “As long as the other lads do their jobs for him and keep clean sheets, Defoe is going to be our man that wins a lot of games for us.”

Expected line-ups:

West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Antonio, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Moses.
Subs Carroll, Cullen, Lanzini, Emenike, Randolph, Henry, Oxford.
Injured: Jenkinson, O’Brien, Reid, Tomkins.
Not available: Kouyate
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Rodwell, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, N’Doye, Defoe.
Subs Pickford, Toivonen, Matthews, Honeyman, Coates, Brown, Borini.
Injured: Larsson, Lens, Jones, Kirchhoff, Watmore.
Not available:

So far this season

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West Ham this season Sunderland this season
7 League Position 19
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 3-0 vs Newcastle
5 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
2 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (9)
1-4 to Tottenham Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Everton
Payet (7) Top scorer Defoe (10)
Payet (5) Assist Leader Johnson (5)
Y37, R4 Discipline Y48, R2
5 Failures to score 8
8 Clean Sheets 3
16 Both Teams to Score Games 15
14 Over 2.5 Games 15
12 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • The Black Cats have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 6 away Premier League matches. They have won only 2 of their Premiership visits this season.
  • West Ham United are undefeated in their last 10 Premiership matches at Boleyn Ground. The Hammers won 5 and finished with a draw in the same number of games.
  • Slaven Bilic’s players have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches in The Premier League. West Ham have scored 20 goals in 12 matches at Boleyn Ground.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals’ in Sunderland’s last 6 away games. The Black Cats are also on a run of 6 consecutive away matches with the option of ‘both teams to score’.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/10/15 The Premier League Sunderland 2-2 West Ham S. Fletcher 10′
21/03/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-0 Sunderland D. Sakho 88′
13/12/14 The Premier League Sunderland 1-1 West Ham Jordi Gómez (PG) 22′
31/03/14 The Premier League Sunderland 1-2 West Ham A. Carroll 9′
14/12/13 The Premier League West Ham 0-0 Sunderland