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Match Preview: West Brom. Vs Sunderland

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Preview of Sunderland's match against West Brom

As we welcome Big Sam to the club, Sunderland will be looking to kick start the season. But Sam has had very little time with his full squad as, once again, the international break splits the squad and stalls the season.

What changes will be made? What will be done different? How will we set up? Who knows. One thing you can guarantee with Big Sam is he'll organise, do the simple things correct and revolutionise our set pieces.

West Brom sit just above the relegation zone after a poor start of the season. Even though they can't drop into the danger zone this weekend, a win against Sunderland would see them pull 8 points clear of the Black Cats.

Match Appointments
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: D Bryan & A Nunn
Fourth Official: L Mason

West Brom Team News
Jonny Evans, James Morrison, Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon are all doubts.

Sunderland Team News
Jeremain Lens misses out through suspention. The international break returned one casualty with Ola Toivonen a major doubt.

Last 10 League Meetings
21st Feb 2014/2015
Sunderland 0 - 0 West Brom.
16th Aug 2014/2015
West Brom. 2 - 2 Sunderland
07th May 2013/2014
Sunderland 2 - 0 West Brom.
21st 2013/2014 Sep
West Brom. 3 - 0 Sunderland
23rd Feb 2012/2013
West Brom. 2 - 1 Sunderland
24th Nov 2012/2013
Sunderland 2 - 4 West Brom.
25th Feb 2011/2012
West Brom. 4 - 0 Sunderland
01st Oct 2011/2012
Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom.
09th Apr 2010/2011
Sunderland 2 - 3 West Brom.
21st Aug 2010/2011
West Brom. 1 - 0 Sunderland

Form
West Brom.
Sat 3rd Oct
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom
Mon 28th Sept
West Brom 2-3 Everton
Sat 19th Sep
Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom
Sat 12th Sep
West Brom 0-0 Southampton
Sat 29th Aug
Stoke 0-1 West Brom
Sun 23th Aug
West Brom 2-3 Chelsea

Sunderland
Sat 3rd Oct
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham
Sat 26th Sep
Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland
Sat 19th Sep
Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Sun 13th Sep
Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham
Sat 29th Aug
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Sat 22nd Aug
Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Lest Corresponding Fixture
Opta Stats 'n' Facts
Head-to-head
  • West Brom have won five of the six Premier League meetings at home (W5, D1).
  • They have scored 15 goals in those six games, Sunderland have managed just three.
  • Sunderland's last victory at West Brom was in the Championship in March 2007.
West Brom
  • Albion have yet to win a home game this season, excluding the penalty shoot-out success against Port Vale in the League Cup (D2, L3).
  • Their only victory in the last eight Premier League matches at The Hawthorns came against Chelsea on 18 May.
  • Aston Villa and Watford are the only sides to have scored fewer league goals at home than the Baggies' four this season.
  • West Brom have conceded nine goals at home this season, the second worst record in the division behind Leicester City (10).
Sunderland
  • Sunderland are winless in their last 11 league games (D5, L6). It's the worst current run in the division.
  • They have only won four of their 27 league games in 2015.
  • Dick Advocaat earned just 15 points from 17 league games in charge at Sunderland.
  • The Black Cats have yet to keep a clean sheet in their 10 league and cup matches this season.