Gus Poyet’s team have not lost to the London side in four of their previous encounters. A win would close the gap between the two sides to just two points but Sunderland have only taken eight points from their 15 matches this season. The Hammers have also struggled this season, taking just one win from their last eight league matches.
Sam Allardyce will be without seven players for the clash in East London, including Kevin Nolan who was shown a red card against Liverpool last weekend. Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Andy Caroll, Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te will also be sidelined for the clash. However England star Ravel Morrison returns to the squad and will be available for selection.
Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood and defender Carlos Cuellar remain unavailable for Gus Poyet but apart from those two omissions Poyet will have a strong squad to choose from.
Saturday’s meeting will be the 85th between the two sides with West Ham just edging the head-to-head record with 32 wins compared to Sunderland’s 31 successes whilst there have also been 21 draws.
West Ham v Sunderland pre-match stats
West Ham have won six of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games against Sunderland.
Sunderland have won three and lost none of their last four Barclays Premier League games against West Ham.
The suspended Kevin Nolan has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Sunderland.
Sunderland have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (11).
Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (37).
Sunderland have now scored five own goals this season; at least three more than any other Premier League side.
West Ham have won just two of their last 14 Premier League matches (W2 D4 L8).
Only Everton (8) have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than West Ham (7) this season.
Sunderland (2) have kept the fewest clean sheets in the top flight this season.
The Black Cats have picked up more red cards (4) than any other team in the top tier in 2013-14. No other side has been given more than two.