Football Form Labs give us the preview to this potential season defining clash
Sunderland v West Brom - Saturday 15:00
Sunderland contrived to lose from a position of strength last week in demoralising circumstances, and need to get back to basics if they are to stop the rot. David Moyes will have torn out his hair wondering why his players allowed Palace’s main aerial threat a five-yard unmarked run at a set-piece. This is obviously something they would have worked on in training and the defeat leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table with a meagre one point from six games. Indeed, Moyes can’t take any real comfort from the performance leading up to that dreadful moment, with Sunderland rather fortunate to have been two goals up in the first place.
The situation for West Brom looks far rosier as they moved into the top half of the table, even though a draw against Stoke would have been the minimum Tony Pulis expected from his side. Nacer Chadli has already made his impact felt with creativity and end product, whilst Salomon Rondon is having a great season so far with three goals and an assist to his name already. Albion fans disgruntled by the style of their team will also have been partially appeased by a 4-2 thriller they won at home to West Ham the previous week.
Pulis, as always, will seek to keep the game a tight affair, with the recent head-to-head record between these teams also hinting at a dour game. In their last three encounters only a solitary goal gave the fans anything to be excited over and the last two at the Stadium of Light have both ended goalless. With the Black Cats’ attacking impetus limited after Adnan Januzaj was ruled out for six weeks, we think West Brom to win 1-0 represents great value at 9.5 as it’s been the scoreline in six of their seven away wins under Pulis.