Match Previews

Matchday 20 | Sunderland v Albion Preview

Sunderland & WBA badges with an image of Josh Maja in the lime green kit on the Sunderland match preview graphic

West Bromwich Albion make the long trip north to the Stadium of Light for a Sky Bet Championship showdown with Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime (ko 12.30pm).

The Baggies will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend's last-gasp defeat to Leicester City at The Hawthorns - a result which inflicted just a third loss on them in their last 14 league games.

Hosts Sunderland parted company with former Albion boss Tony Mowbray on Monday evening, bringing an end to his 16-month spell on Wearside. 

Last season's play-off semi-finalists sit three points and three places off the top six heading into the clash, but the Black Cats haven't won any of their last three, losing five of their last nine in addition.

Albion make the trip to the Stadium of the Light for the second consecutive December

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's battle with the Black Cats.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from the Stadium of Light, with coverage starting at 12.20pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Thursday afternoon onwards.

Supporters are kindly asked to direct any questions or complaints about WBA TV or WBA Radio to

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


The opponents

Sunderland ended Tony Mowbray's spell as manager on Monday night meaning the Black Cats will, as things stand, head into this weekend's clash without a recognised manager. 

Saturday's hosts drew 1-1 at Millwall in their most recent match, a result which extended their winless run to three matches. 

Sunderland had a terrific first term back in the second tier last year, qualifying for the play-offs before eventually losing out in the semi-finals to winners Luton Town.

They've had a mixed bag of scores so far this campaign, earning eye-catching triumphs over Southampton (5-0), Watford (2-0), Blackburn (3-1) and Norwich (3-1), but also suffering defeats to teams towards the bottom end of the division (Stoke City, Plymouth Argyle and Huddersfield Town). 

The Mackems are only three points and three places off the top six and they'll be determined to repeat last year's achievement of extending their season beyond the 46-game mark. 

The Black Cats will be hoping to challenge for a play-off spot again

One to remember

The Baggies came back from 1-0 down at the break to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light almost exactly one year ago.

Amad Diallo's first-half penalty put the hosts ahead of a freezing cold night in the North East, however, a super strike from Tom Rogic and a brilliant header from Daryl Dike turned the game on its head and secured three big points for Carlos Corberán's men.

Supporters can watch the highlights below.

The last five

Albion 1-2 Sunderland

April 23 2023, Sky Bet Championship


Sunderland 1-2 Albion

December 12 2022, Sky Bet Championship


Albion 2-0 Sunderland

January 21 2017, Premier League


Sunderland 1-1 Albion

October 1 2016, Premier League


Sunderland 0-0 Albion

April 2 2016, Premier League

Chris Brunt scored a bullet against the Black Cats in 2017 in B71

Did you know?

Albion have the chance to extend their unbeaten run at the Stadium of Light to five matches this weekend.

The Baggies beat the Black Cats last season, and drew the three matches up there previous to last December's triumph.

Sunderland's most recent victory over Albion on home soil came in May 2014 on a night where goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini sealed three Premier League points.

That setback was Albion's only defeat in their last eight trips to the Stadium of Light (W3, D4).

Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob celebrate Albion's 4-2 Premier League win at Sunderland in 2012

Ticket details

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s showdown with Sunderland. 

The Baggies have been handed an allocation of 2,000.

Seats are priced £32 Adults, £29 Seniors (65+), £24 Under-22s and £14 Under-16s. Supporters can purchase in person from the East Stand Ticket Office, online here, or by calling 0121 227 2227. 

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available for £30, departing Kidderminster at 6am, Stourbridge & Lye at 6.15am and The Hawthorns at 7am.

Sunderland & WBA badges on the ticket graphic

Travel colours

The Baggies will wear their lime green kit for the second consecutive away game up at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The Baggies also wore those colours in the recent 1-0 victory at Cardiff City in late November.

Order the shirt here.

Jeremy Sarmiento celebrates scoring at Cardiff in the lime green away shirt