West Ham Host Bottom-Place Sunderland at the London Stadium
Last updated: October 20, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Last season:||Sunderland 2 – 2 West Ham|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
This weekend’s fixture at the London Stadium sees two teams who’ve been struggling for results go head to head. Despite moving to a new stadium and spending a considerable amount of money in the transfer window this has been West Ham’s worst opening to a Premier League season since their unsuccessful relegation battle in 2010-2011. The Hammers have conceded 17 goals in just 8 games and have only managed to secure 6 points – only 5 more than bottom-place Sunderland. As they go in search of their second successive win of the season at their new home they’ll surely be hoping to build on their solid performance last week at Crystal Palace and take advantage of a rock bottom Sunderland who are once again struggling down in the relegation zone.
Last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park will surely have settled some of the nerves in the West Ham camp. By no means was it a stellar performance – Palace could have extended their five-game unbeaten run had Benteke been more clinical in front of goal – but nonetheless it has taken The Hammers just outside the relegation zone and put some wind back in their sail as they return to the London Stadium undefeated in their last two outings.
It’s worrying times for David Moyes and The Black Cats as they languish down in 20th place with 2 points in all 8 Premier League outings. They’ve been seriously lacking in both attack and defence; they’ve managed 6 goals in the league whilst conceding 15 and their only 2 victories have come in the EFL cup. Unless something changes, and fast, it’s looking very likely that Sunderland will still be down at the wrong end of the table come May.
Aaron Cresswell is unavailable due to picking up 2 yellow cards in last weekend’s fixture against Crystal Palace. Depsite producing an impressive performance in what was his first game back after a lenghty absence due to injury he will won’t be available for the Hammers again until the 29th October.
West Ham’s star signing André Ayew has made a full recovery from the thigh injury that has kept him out since August. A lack of match fitness means that he probabaly won’t make the match day squad this weekend however fans can expect him to make a full return in the next few weeks.
Defenders Patrick van Aanholt and Lamine Koné will more than likely be fit enough to be considered for selection this weekend. Aanholt has recovered from a groin injury and Koné seems to be feeling better after suffering a slight knock.
It seems as though second-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone will have to wait a little longer to stake a claim for his number 1 jersey back after suffering an arm injury. The severity isn’t yet clear however it has been confirmed that he will be miss this weekend’s fixture.
|West Ham(4-2-3-1):||Adrian, Reid, Kouyaté, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Arbeloa, Lanzini, Payet, Zaza|
|Subs:||Nordtveit, Feghouli, Collins, Fletcher, Calleri, Fernandes, Spiegel|
|Injured:||Masuaku, Sam Byram, Töre, Carroll, Sakho|
|Sunderland (4-5-1):||Pickford, Manquillo, O’Shea, Djilobodji, van Aanholt, Watmore, Rodwell, Ndong, McNair, Khazri, Defoe|
|Subs:||Jones, Mika, Pienaar, Love, Anichebe, Asoro, Gooch|
|Injured:||Borini, Larsson, Kirchhoff, Januzaj|
So far this season
|West Ham this season||Sunderland this season|
|2 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||0 (0)|
|1-0 vs. Crystal Palace||Biggest win||–|
|1 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|3-0 vs. Southampton||Biggest Defeat||3-0 vs. Everton||Michail Antonio (5)||Top scorer||Jermain Defoe (4)|
|Dimitri Payet (3)||Assist Leader||Jack Rodwell, Duncan Watmore (1)|
|Y21, R0||Discipline||Y13, R1|
|1||Failures to score||3|
|5||Both Teams to Score Games||5|
|5||Over 2.5 Games||4|
|3||Under 2.5 Games||4|
- Despite having suffered so many defeats this year The Hammers have scored in all but one fixture. Their top goal scorer Michail Antonio is joint 3rd with Theo Walcott in the goal scorer leader board with 5 goals – their overall goal count is 9.
- Sunderland’s worst defeat at the season was at home against Everton in week 4 of this year’s campaign. They only managed 11 shots compared to Everton’s 20 – only 2 of these were on target.
- West Ham’s biggest victory of the season was away against Crystal Palace where they only managed a 1-0 win. Given West Ham’s disappointing start to the season Slaven Bilić will no doubt just be grateful for the wins and not bother too much about the scoreline.
- Despite always being on the losing side, Sunderland’s top goal scorer Jermaine Defoe has been clinical in front of goal. He’s managed to score 4 goals from all of his 24 attempts on goal in the Premier League.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|27/02/2016||Premier League||West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland||Antonio, Michail 30′|
|03/10/2015||Premier League||Sunderland 2 – 2 West Ham||S. Fletcher 10′|
|21/03/2015||Premier League||West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland||D. Sakho 88′|
|13/12/2014||Premier League||Sunderland 1 – 1 West Ham||J.Gomez (pen) 22′|
|31/03/2014||Premier League||Sunderland 1 – 2 West Ham||A. Carroll 9′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Despite their disappointing start to the season the bookmakers are currently showing West Ham as favourites for this one. All things taken into account we think they’re right; Slaven Bilic’s men look as though they’re ready to put their on and off pitch difficulties behind them and kick on with the campaign. We suggest backing the Hammers to win with a Payet or Antonio anytime goal scorer add-on. Good value prices are currently on offer at Paddy Power.