The Black Cats take on the Baggies at the Hawthorns.
West Brom have an outside chance of a Europa League place, while Sunderland are still looking anxiously over their shoulder. Six points clear of the relegation zone, if they fall to a third straight February loss Martin O’Neill will once again have to answer questions about avoiding the drop. Steve Clarke’s main dilemma will be over the inclusion of troubled striker Peter Odemwingie – he is yet to play since his ill-fated drive to Loftus Road, although the team did not seem to miss his presence in their win against Liverpool.
Venue The Hawthorns, Saturday 3pm
Last season West Brom 4 Sunderland 0
Referee Roger East
This season’s matches 4 Y5, R3, 2.00 cards per game
West Bromwich Albion
Subs from Daniels, Myhill, Rosenberg, Thomas, Allan, Lukaku, Odemwingie, Hurst, Jones, Tamas, Fortuné, Roofe
Doubtful Odemwingie (unsettled)
Injured Thorne (knee, Sep), Gera (knee, Oct)
Suspended Popov (second of three)
Form guide WLLDLL
Disciplinary record Y45 R2
Leading scorer Lukaku 10
Subs from Westwood, Bardsley, Egan, Larsson, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, McClean, Cuéllar, Noble
Doubtful Cattermole (knee), Vaughan (foot)
Injured Rose (hamstring, 2 Mar), Brown (knee, unknown)
Form guide LDDWLL
Disciplinary record Y41 R0
Leading scorer Fletcher 10
A 4-2 victory at Sunderland in November put West Brom third in the Premier League table and helped them record four successive top-flight wins for the first time since 1980.
West Brom are unbeaten in their last six Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W5, D1).
Seven of the last eight league meetings between the sides have produced a minimum of three goals.
West Brom’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool ended a run of six Premier League matches without a win.
They have not won at home since beating Norwich on 22 December.
According to Opta stats, West Brom have averaged 1.86 points per Premier League match when Youssouf Mulumbu and
Claudio Yacob have both started this season, compared to 0.75 points when they haven’t.
The Black Cats are winless in their last three Premier League matches.
Only Stoke (42.6%) and Reading (40%) have recorded a lower average possession than Sunderland (43.3%) this season.
Martin O’Neill’s side have only won one of their 14 matches against top-half opposition this season (W1, D5, L8).
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