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Sessegnon handed debut as Clarke makes three changes

STEPHANE Sessegnon is handed his Albion debut against the club he left to join the Baggies less than three weeks ago.

The Benin international is one of three changes Steve Clarke has made to the starting XI that drew 1-1 at Fulham last Saturday.

Claudio Yacob and Victor Anichebe drop to the bench, with James Morrison and Scott Sinclair restored to the side from kick-off.

Morgan Amalfitano will make his Hawthorns bow, while fellow deadline-day signing Lee Camp is included in a Baggies matchday squad for the first time.

Jonas Olsson will skipper the side, with club captain Chris Brunt missing through injury, as is Shane Long (knee).

Paolo Di Canio makes four changes to the Black Cats team that lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal last weekend.

Craig Gardner, John O’Shea, Emanuele Giaccherini and Fabio Borini come in for Jozy Altidore and Charis Mavrias, who drop to the bench, and Valentin Roberge and David Vaughan, who are left out altogether.

ALBION: Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Sinclair; Sessegnon; Anelka. Subs: Camp (gk), Rosenberg, Lugano, Popov, Yacob, Berahino, Anichebe.

SUNDERLAND: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, Diakite, O’Shea, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini, Fletcher, Borini. Subs: Mannone (gk), Altidore, Ba, Cuellar, Dong-won, Cattermole, Mavrias.

REFEREE: P Dowd (Staffordshire).