Our match prediction:
After playing out back-to-back draws with the likes of Crystal Palace and Southampton, Sunderland shared the spoils with their bitter local rivals Newcastle United on Matchday 31 as well. Sam Allardyce’s charges remained in bottom three in the Premier League standings, but a win over WBA on Saturday would see the hosts escape the relegation zone. Sunderland are desperate to pick up all three points from the match and seeing that the Baggies have little to play for in Saturday’s football game, we are tempted to back the Black Cats to record their fifth home win of the season. Tony Pulis’ team are likely to rely on their solid defence in the Stadium of Light clash, but the hosts want this win more than their rivals and home win should be considered. It has to be noted that Wes Brom failed to score in previous two meetings with Sunderland at Stadium of Light.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation. The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sudnerland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Prestson North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.