Sunderland vs West Bromwich Albion Match Analysis & Prediction
12/12/2022 11:00 pm
Sunderland will be looking for a victory that could move them into the Championship playoff spots when the play host to West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on Monday.
While the Black Cats sit in 10th place in the standings, West Brom return after the World Cup break occupying 21st place, despite winning their last three matches.
Since the arrival of Tony Mowbray during the early weeks of the campaign, Sunderland have been nothing but inconsistent, their longest winning and losing runs standing at two matches.
However, the former is currently in play, Sunderland following up a 2-1 victory at Birmingahm City before the World Cup break with a 3-0 win over Millwall last weekend.
Two goals shortly after half time set the Black Cats on their way, and a third from Ellis Simms in the closing stages ensured that they matched their biggest success of the season.
With the burst of victories moving the club seven points clear of the relegation zone, Sunderland can instead turn their attention to gatecrashing the top six, Mowbray’s side beginning the weekend just one point adrift of the playoffs.
Achieving that would be an impressive feat considering that Sunderland have won just three of their 10 matches at the Stadium of Light during 2022-23.
Meanwhile, West Brom did not want the break for the World Cup to arrive with Carlos Corberan delivering an instant change of fortunes.
The Baggies ended their November schedule with victories over Blackpool, QPR and Stoke City, each of those wins being accompanied by clean sheets.
While that was just enough to move West Brom into 21st place, it highlighted the improvements which have already been made under Corberan, and there is potential for that to continue after the prolonged period on the training ground.
Corberan’s side make the trip to Sunderland having collected just 10 points from nine matches on the road, but their two victories away from The Hawthorns have come since October 15.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 118 occasions across all competitions, where Sunderland have claimed 41 victories while West Brom have won 44, and they have drawn in 33. Sunderland have scored 191 goals and conceded 188. In their last five meetings, West Brom have won two with three draws.
21/02/2015Sunderland0West Bromwich Albion0Premier League
17/10/2015West Bromwich Albion1Sunderland0Premier League
02/04/2016Sunderland0West Bromwich Albion0Premier League
01/10/2016Sunderland1West Bromwich Albion1Premier League
21/01/2017West Bromwich Albion2Sunderland0Premier League
Sunderland Team News
Ross Stewart is expected to return to the Sunderland squad on Monday after not making an appearance since the end of August due to injury.
Mowbray is expected to name an unchanged starting lineup, with Patrick Roberts having to remain on the substitutes’ bench due to the form of Amad Diallo.
Sunderland's Last 5 Matches
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West Bromwich Albion Team News
Corberan has revealed that a couple of unnamed West Brom players are doubtful due to minor issues, putting the prospect of an unchanged side being named at risk.
Daryl Dike may feature in the squad, despite illness in recent days, while Semi Ajayi could return to the squad after a long-term absence.
West Bromwich Albion's Last 5 Matches
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