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Match Preview: Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

All eyes will be on the reaction of the players following the departure of Tony Mowbray during today’s lunchtime kick-off against West Bromwich Albion - here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

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Saturday 9th December 2023

(9th) Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion (5th)

Championship

Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 12:30pm


Tickets & Match Coverage

Tickets: Tickets are available via www.safc.com.

TV/Stream: Full live match coverage is available via Sky Sports.

Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

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The build-up...

A week is a long time in football and another Sunderland manager has come and gone. The reaction has been mixed and we move on.

The statement that confirmed the departure of Tony Mowbray also stated that the coaching staff, led by Mike Dodds, would be in charge of today’s fixture and all eyes will be on whether the coach makes any changes to the setup. The reaction of the players will also be under the microscope, with many reported to have been devastated that Mowbray had left the club.

Last time out at the Stadium of Light we suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town, but that followed two successive 3-1 victories against Birmingham City and Norwich City, which should remind us of how we are able to swat teams aside when we’re on it. Further evidence is the fact that only five sides have scored more at home in the division so far.

What doesn’t make for pleasant reading, however, is our record at the Stadium of Light against today’s opposition over the last decade or so. Since 2011, the Lads have entertained West Brom eight times on home soil, and only won once - which came back in 2009 when Gus Poyet’s side ran out 2-0 winners.

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Mike Dodds
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Despite a long running takeover bid and concerns during the summer about what the future might have in store at the Hawthorns, Carlos Corberan has steered his side into a play-off position as we approach the halfway stage of the season.

One reason why they have been able to consolidate a top six position in recent weeks is their improvement away from home. After failing to pick up a victory in their first four Championship fixtures on the road, the Baggies have won three of the last five - including their previous away fixture at Cardiff City.

One of the reasons for this upturn in fortunes is their defensive record on their travels, where only the top two and Bristol City have conceded fewer goals.

Corberan’s squad has been hit by injuries of late, with Matty Phillips being ruled out for around four months this week, and is added to a list that already includes captain Jed Wallace, Kyle Bartley and Daryl Dike - let’s hope it might be a good time to take them on.

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WBA manager Carlos Corberan with Tony Mowbray ahead of kick-off in the same fixture last December
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Sunderland home form...


West Brom away form...


The betting...

The bookies have the Lads as favourites today at 5/4, while an away win is priced at around 2/1, and the draw is 9/4.


Head to head... at Sunderland

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 39
  • Draws: 25
  • WBA wins: 15
  • Sunderland goals: 160
  • WBA goals: 83

Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light

Monday 20th December 2022

Championship

Sunderland 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

[Diallo (pen) 19’ - Rogic 70’, Dike 82’]

Sunderland: Patterson, Gooch, Batth (Roberts), O’Nien, Alese, Evans, Neil (Cirkin), Diallo, Pritchard (Dajaku), Embleton (Clarke), Simms (Ba) Substitutes not used: Bass, Hume

West Bromwich Albion: Palmer, Furlong, Townsend (Reach), Molumby (Rogic), O’Shea, Pieters (Hickman), Wallace (Kelly), Yokuslu, Asante (Dike), Swift, Phillips Substitutes not used: Button, Grant

Attendance: 34,195

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Amad Diallo celebrates after putting Sunderland ahead against West Brom at the Stadium of Light last December
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Played for both...

Kevin Kilbane

Kevin Kilbane started out at Preston North End in the mid-1990s and joined West Brom in 1997, where he played under former Sunderland manager Denis Smith. Two years later Peter Reid snapped up the Republic of Ireland international for £2.5 million.

Kilbane’s four years on Wearside could be described as mixed, but a move to Everton put him back under the stewardship of David Moyes as he was at Preston, and Kilbane flourished at Goodison.

Three years on Merseyside was followed by three years at Wigan Athletic and three more at Hull City before he hung up his boots after a brief spell at Coventry City in 2012.

Kilbane and Foe
Kevin Kilbane
Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images


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