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Premier League

  • 24 November 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 36390

Sunderland - West Brom Preview: Baggies look for win that could take them up to third place in the Premier League

Steve Clarke's men will be looking to continue their outstanding form with a win over a strugglng Black Cats side at the Stadium of Light in Saturday's early kick-off



Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose
Cattermole, Colback
Johnson, Sessegnon, Larsson

Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Morrison, Dorrans, Gera
Long, Odemwingie

Sunderland, fresh off the back of their first away win of the season at Fulham last time out, have very few injury worries with only long-term absentee Wes Brown (knee) unavailable.

James McFadden (hamstring) is likely to miss out, but midfielder Craig Gardner returns from suspension after missing the win at Craven Cottage.

West Brom come into the game buoyant after their 2-1 victory over European champions Chelsea last time out, but they will have to do without first choice goalkeeper Ben Foster (groin) once again, with Boaz Myhill set to deputise for the third consecutive game.

Influential midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu (hamstring) is also out, but may be fit in time for their meeting with Swansea on Wednesday night.

Better news, however, is the return to fitness of Northern Irish defender Gareth McAuley (hamstring) after he missed his first game of the season in their previous encounter whilst Romelu Lukaku is also available being ineligible against his parent club.

  • Sunderland will be hoping they can get the business done early on in Saturday's match, as their record of scoring late in games is woeful this season. A Demba Ba own goal aside, no Black Cats player has scored any later than the 70th minute in a league game so far.
  • Martin O'Neill's men have managed just one win in their last eight at the Stadium of Light - that being a 1-0 victory over Wigan at the end of September.
  • Sunderland currently lie 16th in the Premier League, but you have to wonder where they would be without striker Steven Fletcher (right). The former Wolves man has scored six of the Black Cats' goals, although they have only managed a paltry 10 altogether.
  • After West Brom defeated Southampton, Wigan and Chelsea in consecutive league games, the Baggies are now chasing a fourth Premier League win on the bounce. If they claim all three points on Wearside it would be the first time they have won four on the spin in the the English top-flight since 1980.
  • Peter Odemwingie is the Baggies joint leading goalscorer this season (along with Shane Long - both four), and Sunderland will have to be wary of the Nigerian, as he has netted four times in as many games against the Black Cats.
  • Despite their outstanding start to the season, West Brom's away form is no match for their exceptional record at the Hawthorns. Steve Clarke's men have won just two of their last 11 matches on the road - although they did win last time on their travels at Wigan.

Players to watch

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Beninese attacker has been off-colour for most of this season, but his goal in the win at Fulham last week could spark his form back into life. On his day, the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder can cause problems for most teams, and Sunderland will be looking for him to link up with the likes of Adam Johnson and Sebastian Larsson as they look to provide the ammunition for goal-machine Steven Fletcher. He has an eye for goal, is skillful in possession, and with the combative Youssuf Mulumbu missing for the visitors, he might just keep his strong form up.

C. Yacob

Position: Midfielder

Games: 26

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It’s easy to look at the likes of Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie and Youssuf Mulumbu as the star men of Steve Clark’s side, but the Baggies have built their success on the back of a rock solid defence which has been excellently marshalled by Yacob. It’s great to see talent such as Billy Jones and Gareth McAuley being plucked out of the lower leagues, but it’s the free signing from Argentine club Racing that has been one of the most astute acquisitions in the whole of the Premier League this season.

In the absence of his familiar midfield partner Mulumbu, Yacob will be tasked with ensuring the Baggies remain secure at the back, and lively in attack.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland have been woeful at home in recent times, and whilst West Brom's away form is not superb either, they are on a strong run and look good to extend their winning streak on Saturday. The Black Cats have been feeble in front of goal, but by scoring three in their win at Fulham last time out, they may have hit upon a formula for improving their goal-getting. The Baggies, however, have scoring threats from all across the pitch, and it's that attacking prowess which makes them favourites on Wearside.

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