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  • 25 February 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: C. Foy
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West Brom - Sunderland Preview: Away side looking to continue revival under Martin O'Neill

Having picked up 22 points from a possible 33 since the Irishman took charge, the Black Cats will be looking to take advantage of the Baggies' questionable form at the Hawthorns

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
WEST BROM


Foster
Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Reid
Morrison, Thomas, Mulumbu, Andrews
Odemwingie, Fortune
SUNDERLAND


Mignolet
Bardsley, Turner, Richardson, O'Shea
Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, McClean
Gardner
Sessegnon.

Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera are still out with long-term injuries for West Brom, so the only fresh injury doubt for the Baggies is over Paul Scharner, who is suffering from a rib injury, and it is unlikely he will feature from the start.

For the Black Cats, David Vaughan is doubtful after picking up an ankle injury, but is hopeful of at least making the bench. Defender Matt Kilgallon could also feature after being stretchered off in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea with ankle ligament damage.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • West Brom have struggled at the Hawthorns this season, losing eight of their twelve games at home, and scoring only nine goals.
  • In their 29 games in all competitions this season, the Baggies have only managed to collect four clean sheets, but their goal difference is still one of the best in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
  • Earlier this season, the two sides drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light, with the Baggies taking a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes thanks to goals from James Morrison and Shane Long, before goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Ahmed Elmohamady rescued a point for the Black Cats.
  • Last season, West Brom won both their games against Sunderland, with a Peter Odemwingie goal securing a 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns and goals from Odemwingie, Scharner and Mulumbu earning a 3-2 victory at the Stadium of Light.
  • Since Martin O’Neill took charge, Sunderland have lost just three games in all competitions. In that time they have picked up 22 points from a possible 33 in the Premier League and defeated Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
  • This week, James McClean (pictured right) was called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time, and Frazier Campbell earned his first England call-up for the friendly against the Netherlands.
  • Sunderland’s top goal-scorer Stephane Sessegnon began his career in Europe as a holding midfielder, and only moved to a more advanced position in the 2007-08 season while at Le Mans.
  • The Beninese striker has scored seven goals so far this season for the Black Cats, having joined during the January transfer window in 2011.

Players to watch

P. Odemwingie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Fresh from his hat-trick against Wolves in his last match, the Nigerian will be hopeful of continuing his goal-scoring form at the Hawthorns.

So far, he has scored 10 goals in the Premier League, and will be confident of adding to his tally against Sunderland.

J. McClean

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The young Irishman has impressed since being drafted into the first-team under Martin O’Neill, and was rewarded by Ireland boss Giovanni Trapatonni with a call-up to the Irish national team earlier this week.

He will be hoping to continue his good form, and should cause the Baggies’ defence a number of problems with his pace and crossing ability.

Editor's Prediction

West Brom have also enjoyed something of an upturn in results recently, with their last game being the 5-1 demolition of Wolves away from home. They are now eight points clear of the relegation zone, and are looking to keep moving up the table. However, their home form this season has been poor, and they have struggled to score at The Hawthorns.

Sunderland’s revival under Martin O’Neill shows no signs of letting up, as the Black Cats have surged up the Premier League table into the top half.

It should be a close game between two evenly-matched teams, but with their run under Martin O’Neill showing few signs of abating, Sunderland will be confident of coming away from The Hawthorns with at least a draw, and should have enough to win the game.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Sunderland

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
25%
61%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 2
Sunderland AFC SUN
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 2
Sunderland AFC SUN

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