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  • 21 September 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 21907
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League Cup Preview: Sunderland - West Ham United

League Cup Preview: Sunderland - West Ham United

Both Sunderland and West Ham United come into this League Cup Third Round match off the back of impressive Premier League draws at the weekend, and both teams will be trying hard to progress to the next round of the competition.


Bruce has his eyes set on Wembley

The Black Cats have lost just once this season and manager Steve Bruce was delighted by the "effort and endeavour" which saw his side pick-up a point in the 94th minute against Arsenal.

And Bruce is treating the competition with the utmost of respect and will be naming a strong team as he believes that his side can go all the way to Wembley and win the trophy.


Hammers looking to build momentum

A Scott Parker-inspired West Ham picked up their first point of the season away at Stoke, ending a run of four defeats that had seen them make their worst-ever start to a league campaign.

They are unbeaten against Sunderland in their last four encounters, but the Hammers' record in the League Cup is abysmal - they have gone out at the third-round stage in seven of the last eight seasons, and have not beaten a Premier League club since 1997.

Team News

Sunderland


Asamoah Gyan is set to be given his first start for the Black Cats since his big-money move from Rennes, and the Ghana striker is likely to partner Darren Bent following the England international last gasp equaliser against Arsenal. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon and defenders Michael Turner and John Mensah are out through injury, while Lee Cattermole is suspended.

Mignolet; Bardsley, Bramble, Da Silva, Richardson; Riveros, Henderson, Colback, Reid; Gyan, Bent. Subs: Carson, Al-Muhammady, Onuoha, Zenden, Malbranque, Colback, Wellbeck

West Ham United


West Ham boss Avram Grant looks set to name a strong team as the Hammers search for only their second win of the season. Valon Behrami and Thomas Hitzlsperger will be missing through injury, but Tal Ben Haim is available again after being absent from Saturday's game out of respect for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

Benni McCarthy could earn himself a recall to the startig line-up but Lars Jacobsen is cup-tied having appeared previously in the competition for Blackburn Rovers

Stech; Faubert, Tomkins, Ben Haim, Da Costa; Barrera, Kovac, Parker, Boa Morte; Piquionne, McCarthy. Subs: Green, Upson, Gabbidon, Noble, Obinha, Stanislas, Dyer

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Players to watch

A. Gyan

Position: Attacker

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The Ghanaian international has made an impact on his new side already after scoring a wonderful goal on his debut against Wigan, and being involved in the move that led to Darren Bent’s injury time equaliser against Arsenal. Steve Bruce is expected to give the striker his first start in a Sunderland shirt and he will be a real threat to the West Ham defence.

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

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Parker is West Ham’s heartbeat and generally when he plays well so do the team. He has scored in the last two matches and the Hammers will be looking to him to inspire them again if they are to progress in the competition.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sunderland

West Ham United

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
35%
31%
34%

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
0 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 2
West Ham United FC WHU
Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU

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