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MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland v Albion

28 September 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland

ALBION's Premier League season continues on Saturday as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light (ko 3pm).


The opposition


For the second time in as many weeks, the Baggies travel to the side at the bottom of the Premier League table. As Salomon Rondon's injury-time equaliser denied Stoke their first win of the season last weekend, Sunderland had a disaster of their own. Christian Benteke's header completed a stunning turnaround for Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light and left the Black Cats on just one point from their first six games.


Last time out


The sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light last season. In fact, the last two meetings between Albion and Sunderland on Wearside have been goalless.



Claudio Yacob and Lee Cattermole fight for possession in last season's draw


Team news


Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu featured for Albion's PL2 side against Stoke on Monday evening in their search for match fitness.


Saido Berahino and Brendan Galloway also started for James Shan's side after missing the draw at the bet365 Stadium with a virus.



Saido Berahino and Chris Brunt celebrate in the PL2


Adnan Januzaj is the latest player in David Moyes' squad to be struck down with injury. He joins Steven Pienaar, Fabio Borini, Vito Mannone and Seb Larsson in the treatment room.


Stats


Since their return to the top flight in 2010, Albion have taken 25 points from a possible 36 in games against Sunderland.



Paul Scharner wheels away after scoring Albion's third in a 3-2 win at Sunderland in 2011


From the archive


Zoltan Gera, Shane Long, Romelu Lukaku and Marc-Antoine Fortune all scored as Albion ran out 4-2 winners at the Stadium of Light in November 2012. The win moved the Baggies up to fourth in the table in what would be a record-breaking season. Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon were both on target for the hosts.


 

Head to head


Albion have won 57, drawn 43 and lost 54 of their 154 fixtures against Sunderland. That said, it took the Baggies 13 meetings to record their first win, a 1-0 victory in November 1896.


Tickets


Fans who wish to purchase tickets before the game must do so by 3pm on Thursday.


Tickets will also be available on matchday from Turnstile 71 (Cash Only / No Concessions). If supporters wish to purchase concessions they can do so from the Ticket Office at Black Cat House.


Follow the game


The game will kick-off at 3pm with comprehensive coverage across all of the club's social media channels.


Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Snapchat - wbafc_official

Instagram - @wba


Supporters can also listen to live commentary on Albion Player wth Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler talking you through the action.





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