High-flying West Ham will return to third if they pick up their fourth consecutive league win on Saturday afternoon, but Manchester United will reinstate their two-point advantage over the Hammers if they win at Anfield the following day.
Sam Allardyce’s side have surprised many this season, with a new brand of intricate and inventive attacking football that has propelled them into the top four. The Hammers have taken 27 points from 15 games, more than double the amount they had at this stage of last season.
Sunderland have failed to register a win in their last five games and only scored twice. Gus Poyet’s side are just two points clear of the relegation zone and will look to ascend the table by picking up their first win since November 4.
Video: Premier League preview
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Sunderland 1 (Johnson) West Ham 2 (Carroll, Diame), Premier League, March 2014
West Ham 0 v Sunderland 0, Premier League, December 2013
Sunderland 3 (Larsson, Johnson, Mclean) v West Ham 0, Premier League, January 2013
West Ham have scored 12 headed goals this season, twice as many as any other Premier League side
West Ham have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games against Sunderland
Diafra Sahko has scored in seven of his last eight appearances for West Ham
Sunderland have failed to score in three of their last four matches
Sunderland to win: 2.7
West Ham City: 2.6
TV: Match of the Day 10.30pmReuse content