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  • January 12, 2013
  • • 23:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Sunderland - West Ham Preview: Inconsistent Black Cats take on Hammers at Stadium of Light

Sunderland - West Ham Preview: Inconsistent Black Cats take on Hammers at Stadium of Light

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The hosts go in search of their first Premier League win of 2013 against a Sam Allardyce side travelling to the Stadium of Light looking for their first away win since November

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Bardsley, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose
Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan
Johnson, Fletcher, McClean
WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Reid
J.Cole, Noble, Diarra, Jarvis
Nolan
C.Cole

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is likely to remain without John O'Shea (hamstring) for Saturday's visit of 11th placed West Ham.

Wes Brown (knee) and Lee Cattermole (knee) have also been ruled out for the home side, although Stephane Sessegnon should recover from a recent ankle injury.

For the visitors, Sam Allardyce is unable to call on Andy Carroll (knee) and Mohamed Diame (hamstring), who are both expected to return later this month.

George McCartney (knee) remains a long-term absentee, while Joey O'Brien will be available after a recent hamstring strain.

Joe Cole should retain his place in midfield after assisting two goals in last Saturday's FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have lost the same number of matches overall than they had at the same stage last season, though they have collected two fewer points in total.
  • Steven Fletcher (pictured right) has already amassed the same number of goals - eight - as the club's top scorer last season, Nicklas Bendtner.
  • Last term, attackers Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean netted 12 league goal between them. This term, over halfway through the season, they have only managed four.
  • The last time West Ham were promoted to the top flight, they finished with 55 points in their returning campaign. They are currently on target for 50.
  • West Ham currently have the same number of home victories (five) than they had after the same number of games in the Championship last season, despite having amassed 14 fewer points overall.
  • Put together, Sam Allardyce and Martin O'Neill have been in football management for 11 more years than the Premier League's youngest manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has been alive.

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
18Alfred N'diayeMidfielder
25Fraizer CampbellStriker
10Connor WickhamStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
33Daniel PottsDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
-Jack CollisonMidfielder
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
30Raphael SpiegelGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
12Ricardo Vaz TeStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker

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