Preview: West Brom v Sunderland

by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to this weekend's game (Saturday, 3pm).

Sunderland travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday to face a West Brom side who have won one of their last nine games.

However, that win was last time out when they won 2-0 at Liverpool, lifting them back to ninth in the Barclays Premier League.

Prior to last Monday’s win at Anfield, the Baggies had lost six out of eight after an impressive start to the season saw them occupy a European spot during the opening stages of the campaign.

The Black Cats travel to the Hawthorns after consecutive defeats, but, Martin O’Neill’s men can take great positives from their performance in the defeat to Arsenal last time out.

Equally, Sunderland’s recent away form has improved, with two wins out of their last four on the road.

West Brom have won five of the last six meetings between the two sides - the other being a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have also failed to score at the Hawthorns in their last three visits, though, new signing Danny Graham has scored for each of his three previous clubs against the Baggies – Swansea City, Watford and Carlisle United.

Opta Facts

West Brom have scored four goals in each of their last two Barclays Premier League encounters with Sunderland.

Each of the last four top-flight between WBA and Sunderland have gone over 3.5 goals.

Only one of the last seven games between the Baggies and the Black Cats has gone under 2.5 goals.

Sunderland have only hit the woodwork three times this season, fewer than any other side.

Sunderland’s last four Barclays Premier League penalties have been awarded in away games.

The Black Cats have conceded fewer goals from corners than any other top-flight side this season (1).

WBA have not kept successive clean sheets in the Premier League since April 2012 but the last time they did so came after an away win at Anfield.

Seven of Sunderland’s last eight Premier League away games have gone over 2.5 goals.