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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Sunderland

22 February 2013

Stats and info for Saturday's clash with the Black Cars (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


PLDWDLFAGD
HOME
73
37
1818138100
 
38

AWAY7414223880156

-76 

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0

TOTAL147514056218256

-38

Interesting facts


Albion's 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light in November saw them record their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign, with 13 games played, since the 1953/54 season. 

The Baggies are unbeaten in their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with the Black Cats, winning five and drawing one.

Albion have not kept consecutive clean sheets since April last year - but the last time they did followed a win at Liverpool.  

At this stage last season the Baggies were 12th in the Premier League with 32 points. 

Albion versus Sunderland is a consistently high-scoring game with an average of 3.22 goals in the 147 meetings. 

On this weekend in 1937 the Baggies overcame the Black Cats 6-4 at The Hawthorns with club legend WG Richardson on the scoresheet for the hosts.

Last season Roy Hodgson's outfit defeated Sunderland 4-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday, February 25 - the next meeting between the two sides at the same venue tomorrow comes almost exactly a year to the day. 

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, February 25, 2012, Albion 4 (Odemwingie 3, 48, Morrison 41, Andrews) Sunderland 0
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 24, 2012, Sunderland 2 (Gardner 73, Sessegnon 87) Albion 4 (Gera 30, Long 44, Lukaku pen 81, Fortune 90)

Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: LLDLLW 
SUNDERLAND: LWWDLL 

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Liverpool – away W 2-0): Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Dorrans (Lukaku 74), Morrison, Brunt; Long (Fortune 86). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jones, Rosenberg, Tamas, Thomas. 

SUNDERLAND (v Arsenal - home L 0-1): Mignolet; Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose (Vaughan 82); Colback, Cattermole (Larsson HT), N'Diaye (Graham 68); Sessegnon, Johnson, Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood (gk); Bardsley, Mangane, Cuellar.   

Sunderland team news

Martin O'Neil has ruled Danny Simpson out of tomorrow's game after the left-back limped out of Sunderland's clash with Arsenal. Lee Cattermole faces a late fitness test after suffering a knee injury during the 1-0 defeat by the Gunners, while Wes Brown (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Ref watch

Roger East will referee tomorrow’s game. The Wiltshire official oversaw Albion’s 3-0 defeat at Fulham in September. East has dished out 104 yellow and five red cards in 34 games this term.

Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler: 
Albion to win: 21/20
Sunderland to win: 3/1 
Draw: 5/2

Romelu Lukaku to score first: 5/1 
Steven Fletcher to score first: 6/1 

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Tickets

Tickets for Albion’s clash with Sunderland will remain on general sale to home fans only until kick-off.  

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