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West Ham vs Sunderland – Match Preview

West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce and Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

West Ham welcome Sunderland to Upton Park on Saturday hoping to maintain their 100% home record.

Martin O’Neil brings his side to East London in search of their first three points having drawn all three of their opening Premier League fixtures.

Whilst unbeaten, Sunderland know their creativity needs to improve, having averaged just five shots per game this season, the lowest in the division.

Allardyce see’s his side currently sitting in eighth, and knows a victory could see them leapfrog into the top four ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.

Carlton Cole is set to continue deputising for the injured Andy Carroll, although the on loan Liverpool striker has returned to light training. Jack Collison also remains sidelined with a knee injury, whilst Matt Jarvis could make his first start for his new club after finding himself on the bench for last weekends trip to Norwich.

Sunderland remain without the injured trio of Carlos Cueller (hamstring), Phil Bardsley (ankle) and Wes Brown (knee).

A late decision is expected to be made on Adam Johnson, after the winger was forced to withdraw from the England squad a fortnight ago with a thigh problem.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Sunderland 

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