West Ham v SAFC

Preview: Sunderland v West Ham

A look ahead to Saturday's game (KO 3pm)

The last time West Ham United visited the Stadium of Light was back in December 2010 and Sunderland took maximum points from the Hammers.

A superb finish from Jordan Henderson was enough to secure the victory for Steve Bruce’s side and extended the Black Cats unbeaten home run.

The two teams have already met during the current Barclays Premier League campaign at Upton Park.

Steven Fletcher notched his third goal for Sunderland and looked to have sealed the victory before an injury time Kevin Nolan goal cruelly denied the Black Cats the win.

The midfielder is the Hammers’ current top scorer with five goals to his name, whilst Fletcher is Sunderland’s with eight strikes.

Sam Allardyce brings his side to the Stadium of Light currently 11th in the table, three places above Sunderland and on four points more.

United have not won away from home in their last four attempts, while Sunderland have won three of their last six outings.

This is the 84th meeting between the sides; the 74th in the league and they have a relatively even record throughout the years.

Sunderland just have the edge over the Hammers, winning two more than they have, with the teams drawing 19 times.

MATCH FACTS

Sunderland have scored the lowest percentage of goals from headers in the Premier League this season (10%).

The Black Cats have also conceded the lowest percentage of headed goals (3%).

West Ham have conceded just three goals from set plays this season, fewer than any other team.

Sunderland (105) have blocked more shots than any other team in the top flight this season.

West Ham have won just two of their last 15 Premier League away matches (W2 D4 L9).

Sunderland have seen the joint-most opposition players sent off this season (four along with Manchester United).

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