Sunderland v West Ham Predictions: Line up, Score & More

Sunderland go into this fixture without a goal in 7 matches. The Hammers however, are going into the game at the Stadium of Light off the back of a 1-0 victory against Swansea. 

Team News: 

Swedish midfielder Seb Larsson will start a 3 match ban after picking up his first career red card last week against Manchester United. David Moyes also revealed yesterday that left back Bryan Oviedo will be out for a month with a hamstring injury. John O'Shea will again be available after spending time with his family in Ireland after the death of his father, Jim. Steven Pienaar will also be fit enough to start after being on the bench last week whilst Adnan Januzaj is again available after missing out against his parent club last week. 

West Ham:
Michail Antonio will be missing out due to a hamstring injury, centre half Winston Reid is out with a thigh problem, Pedro Obiang is set to miss out with an ankle injury and Italian Angelo Ogbonna is out with a knee injury. Mark Noble will be unavailable for the visitors thanks to a 2 game ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards. 

Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is hoping to start after coming back from injury whilst fellow frontman Diafra Sakho is also hoping to get a start, but will face a fitness test. Left back Aaron Cresswell should be fit, as should English right back Sam Byram, despite an ankle injury scare against Swansea. 

Jermain Defoe will face his former club, the England hitman is on a goal drought and will hope to end it against his former employers. 
Earlier this season, West Ham scraped a late 1-0 win in the 95th minute thanks to a Winston Reid strike at the London Stadium. West Ham came out 1-0 victors at Sunderland's last ever visit to Upton Park too.

Sunderland's last victory over the Irons came all the way back in 2013, a 3-0 win over Sam Allardyce's West Ham. Last season, Dick Advocaat resigned after a 2-2 home draw with Slaven Bilic's men. The Wearsiders took a 2-0 advantage thanks to Jeremain Lens and Steven Fletcher - Lens went on to pick up a second yellow just before the hour - West Ham proceeded to come back level thanks to Carl Jenkinson in first half injury time and then Dimitri Payet capitalising from Costel Pantilimon's error. 

Sunderland's away win over the Hammers away was back in 2011 on the final game of the season, Sunderland triumphed 3-0 at Upton Park with goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Bolo Zenden and Cristian Riveros. Back in 2008 the Mackems came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at the Stadium of Light with a very late injury time volley from Andy Reid. 

Sunderland Starting 11: 
Pickford, Jones, O'Shea, Koné, Denayer, Manquillo, Ndong, Cattermole, Januzaj, Defoe, Anichebe 

West Ham Starting 11:
Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Lanzini, Ayew, Snodgrass, Carroll 

Score Prediction: 
Sunderland 1-2 West Ham 
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