West Ham continue to fly high in the Premier League, however they will struggle to manage any more than a single point when they visit Wearside on Saturday afternoon.
West Ham are sitting fourth in the top flight as things stand however a win on Saturday would lift them above third placed Manchester United in the league table, at least for 24 hours.
Sam Allardyce has lifted the side to undreamt of heights thanks to his summer transfer dealings, however it was Andy Carroll’s return which resulted in a 3-1 win over Swansea in their last outing, the old flame scoring twice in that encounter.
Carroll will likely retain his place in the starting eleven and we feel he will get his name on the scoresheet once again this weekend, Ladbrokes offering 11/5 for him to score at any time of this match.
The Hammers have enjoyed some excellent form leading up to this match, Allardyce leading his charges to just a single defeat in their last nine Premier League matches. This will be a decent chance for the East Londoners to claim a valuable away point against a Sunderland side who have been grinding out some low scoring draws of late.
The Black Cats come into this match on the back of three 0-0 draws and a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City. The North-east side could easily become embroiled in yet another fight against relegation this season and will be desperate for the win which would lift them further away from the drop zone.
Gus Poyet’s charges have managed to hit the back of the net only once in their last four outings and are the second lowest scorers in this season’s Premier League with just thirteen goals in fifteen games.
The Black Cats held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw last weekend and Poyet will make some changes to that side, Jack Rodwell, Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher expected to replace Liam Bridcutt, Jordi Gomez and Jozy Altidore.
Sunderland managed hard-fought 0-0 draws against league leaders Chelsea and Liverpool and appear to have tightened up their somewhat shaky defence of late. They will struggle against a Hammers side which has only failed to score in two matches in all competitions this season, however West Ham have only won once against the Black cats in the last five meetinga and we expect that record to remain intact this weekend.
West Ham are in top form at present and with Sunderland’s home form improving of late, we expect a hard-fought match with both sides getting on the scoresheet.
Our betting tips
Draw with both teams scoring – Betfair 4/1
Anytime Goalscorer, Andy Carroll – Ladbrokes 11/5