Sunderland VS West Bromwich Albion – Match Preview & Prediction

Mike Dodds take charge as interim coach for Sunderland against West Brom, in the first game since Tony Mowbray’s sacking.

Mowbray was relieved of his duties earlier this week, after winning just 2 of his last 9 games in charge.

The last time Mike Dodds had a stint as interim coach, he lost both games in charge against Cheltenham and Doncaster in League One, after Lee Johnson was sacked.

West Brom have won 5 of their last 7 games, as they sit in 5th place, 5 points above The Black Cats.

A win for the visitors would mean they stay in 5th, but it could close some ground on the teams above them.

A win for Sunderland could see them move as high as 6th, depending on other results, and within 2 points of their opponents.

Sunderland have won just 1 of their last 8 encounters against West Brom, their win coming the last time the 2 sides faced in April last season, in a 1-2 victory, thanks to an unlikely brace by Dennis Cirkin to keep their play-off dreams alive.

Former Black Cat, Josh Maja returns to The Stadium of Light for the first time since his departure 4 years ago.

Maja scored 18 goals in 49 games for Sunderland, in a 4 year stint with The Black Cats between 2015 and 2019.

Team News

Nazariy Rusyn is back in contention following his groin strain.

Tomothee Pembélé and Jay Matete returned to full training this week, but they won’t be involved today, or on Tuesday against Leeds as it’s slightly too early.

Prediction

Sunderland 1-0 West Brom

Scorer – Nazariy Rusyn

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