West Brom vs Sunderland
Competition: Premier League
Date: 21 January 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Sunderland, as well as the likes of Hull and Swansea are really battling themselves to not be in the bottom three, but are finding it hard. Sunderland pull off a good result, but then stumble again to get deeper in trouble, and against West Brom they won’t find it easy going.
Currently in 19th, but equal on points with Swansea at the bottom, and only a point away from Hull above, and even Crystal Palace who are also on 16 point but out of the zone, there is everything for Sunderland to play for. They managed to hold the mighty Liverpool to a draw, 2-2, but then were humbled by rivals Stoke 3-1, so when they face West Brom who have nestled into eighth, they will have a lot to do to get even a point.
West Brom conversely will welcome the stuttering Sunderland side as they need to try and make a move on Everton who are getting away from them in seventh. Their 4-0 loss to Tottenham prior to this will also be hurting them, and they will want to bounce back in the best way possible, especially by impressing their home fans, West Brom still have belief that they can climb to the top six, perhaps even the top four in a miracle season, but it will mean taking maximum points in games like this against Sunderland.
West Brom vs Sunderland: Head-to-Head Stats
West Brom can also fall back on the fact that in the past 19 games, they have won nine of those. There have also been quite a few draws, seven to be exact while Sunderland have only won this fixture three times. Last time they met in this season it ended in a 1-1 draw.
West Brom vs Sunderland: Prediction
West Brom were really humbled last time out, and Sunderland won’t have liked the 3-1 loss to their rivals, but in all, West Brom are the busier team and will have more to make up for and more chance of enacting a big win here. This should be an easy one for West Brom.
West Brom vs Sunderland: Tips
Sunderland have put all their scoring eggs in Jermaine Defoe’s basket, and he has not been as effective this season, so expect West Brom to keep a clean sheet.