Our match prediction:
West Ham United are enjoying one of the most successful seasons in recent years as Slaven Bilic's side have already surpassed pre-season predictions. The Hammmers sit pretty in seventh in English Premier League, just one point behind fifth-placed Manchester United, while also impressing in the FA Cup. Following a hard-fought victory over Liverpool, West Ham hammered Blackburn Rovers to reach the quarter-finals and no doubts the five goals scored at Ewood Park will keep the side in good stead for the Sunderland clash. The Black Cats are fighting for their lives at the moment, as they sit one point adrift of safety, although the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and 2-1 victory over sorry Manchester United are enough to suggest they are on the right track. However, they could find it hard to match in-form West Ham, the team they haven't beaten in last five meetings. Therefore, we expect the Hammers to further improve their European hopes at the weekend.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.