West Bromwich Albion VS Sunderland – Match Preview & Prediction

The Black Cats travel to the Hawthorn Stadium to face a play-off chasing WBA side, as they look to build on a ln impressive defensive performance against Leeds last time out.

Sunderland drew 0-0 with promotion chasing Leeds United, to make it 4 clean sheets in the last 5 matches, despite it also extending their run of just 2 wins in 11 matches.

West Brom are unbeaten in their last 10, winning 5 and drawing 5, as they continue their push to keep their place in the top 6.

They are currently sat in 5th, 9 points above Coventry in 7th, so a win for them could all but seal their play-off position.

Sunderland sit 13th, with not much to play for in the final 4 matches, sitting 10 points above relegation, and 15 points away from the top 6.

The last time the 2 sides faced each other, Sunderland came out 2-1 winners, thanks to 2 late goals from Dan Ballard and Dan Neil.

When the 2 sides faced at The Hawthorns last season, Dennis Cirkin scored a brace to win the game for Sunderland to keep them in the play-off race.

Team News

Mike Dodds has given an update on the return of Dennis Cirkin: “He is back training with the group, but we don’t want to rush him back due to how long he has been out. “The plan is to see him on the grass, but we will see how that materialises.”

Prediction

WBA 2-2 Sunderland

Scorers – Jobe and Jack Clarke.

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