Match Previews

Match Preview | Albion v Sunderland

Jayson Molumby, John Swift and Jed Wallace celebrate together after a Swift goal

West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland go head-to-head on Sunday lunchtime in what is a crucial clash between two sides chasing a Sky Bet Championship Play-Off spot (ko 12pm).

The Baggies recorded vital victories on the road at Stoke City and then Blackpool recently to fire themselves right back into top-six contention. 

Sunderland stuttered to a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town on the same night Carlos Corberán's men defeated the Seasiders at Bloomfield Road, however the Black Cats will be thrilled to still be in with a shot of the Play-Offs given it's their first season back in the second tier. 

Albion came from behind to win the reverse fixture 2-1 on a freezing night in December, with Daryl Dike and Tom Rogic on target after Amad Diallo's penalty.

Daryl Dike's first Albion goal came against the Black Cats back in December

Follow the game live

Supporters inside and outside the United Kingdom can listen to live commentary of Sunday's showdown on WBA Radio. 

Commentators John Dunn and Andy Johnson will provide kick-by-kick coverage from The Hawthorns from 11.50am. 

Audio passes are available here for £2.50.

The game will not be able to view on WBA TV owing to broadcasting rights. 

Regular updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the day.

WBA TV Matchday

Our opponents

Sunderland will be delighted with how their first season back in the second tier of English football has gone after winning promotion via the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs in 2021/22. 

The Black Cats, who spent four years in League One, are in the top-six mix and are dreaming of returning to the Premier League after a six-year absence. 

They've picked up 16 victories so far this term and have scored a very healthy 61 goals, a record bettered only by Burnley, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough going into the latest weekend of action.

Sunderland head to The Hawthorns for the first time since January 2017 on the back of a six-game unbeaten run (W2, D4), though they'll have been disappointed to have been pegged back by Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, with the Terriers taking away a very valuable point from the Stadium of Light in their battle to beat the drop.

Sunday's visitors are managed by a man who'll always receive a warm reception in B71. Tony Mowbray, appointed Black Cats boss in August 2022, led the Baggies to the Championship title in 2007/08. He's won 15, drawn 13 and lost 12 of the 40 matches he's taken charge of up in the North East. 

Sunderland have enjoyed a largely successful first season back in the second tier

From the Albion Archive

Albion produced a dominant display against Sunderland in the Premier League at The Hawthorns in September 2013. 

Stephane Sessegnon, Liam Ridgewell and Morgan Amalfitano were all on target on that particular afternoon a decade ago. 

You can watch the highlights below.

One for the stattos

Albion have the chance to extend their unbeaten home run to 14 matches in all competitions on Sunday lunchtime. 

The Baggies have won 11 of those 14 games, but they've been held to back-to-back draws in their two most recent fixtures in B71 by Millwall and QPR.

The hosts also have a strong recent record in front of their own supporters against Sunderland. 

Albion are eight unbeaten at home, winning seven of those clashes with the Black Cats. The last Sunderland victory at The Hawthorns was a 2-1 triumph back in March 2007 in a second-tier encounter. 

Goals from Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt helped Albion to a 2-0 win against Sunderland at The Hawthorns in January 2017

Ticket details

Tickets remain on general sale for Albion's penultimate home league match of the season.

Click here to secure your seat for Sunderland's visit on Sunday.

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