Naturally, home advantage will play its part in the encounter, with the Baggies faithful expected to ensure the Hawthorns is rocking by the time the game kicks off.
The supporters can also draw confidence from their impressive form against the Black Cats, with Albion unbeaten in the last seven Barclays Premier League meetings between the sides, six of which they have won.
In those seven encounters, the Baggies have netted an impressive 19 goals, an average of 2.7 per game, shipping just the seven over the same period.
The recent form against Sunderland will certainly have supporters heading to the ground in a positive state of mind, confident that three points is achievable.
Goals may have been hard to come by this season, but that is not to say Albion are not creating goalscoring opportunities.
The Baggies have created four clear-cut chances to Sunderland’s two in the opening four Barclays Premier League fixtures, showcasing their innovative ability hasn’t deserted them, even if results are not swinging in their favour.
The Baggies capitalised on a set-play to pick up a crucial point at Fulham last weekend and as they are currently the most fouled team (61) in the top flight, there should be plenty more opportunities to take advantage from free-kicks.
Gareth McAuley’s equalizer at Craven Cottage could prove to be the catalyst ahead of the Sunderland game, especially when taking into consideration the availability of one further summer arrival.
Stéphane Sessegnon being granted a work permit this week has handed manager Steve Clarke a further attacking option, with the Benin international having netted seven goals for Saturday’s opponents last season, while helping himself to three assists too.
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All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)
Stephane Sessegnon scored for Sunderland in each of last season's meetings between the two sides.