SUNDERLAND v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 2nd April 2016,
Stadium of Light
game will be the 154th competitive meeting between
Albion and Sunderland. The Black Cats currently have 57 wins to their name
compared to the Baggies' 54. There have been 17 Premier League meetings with
Albion winning nine and Sunderland three.
There have been 76 meetings on Sunderland soil with
Sunderland winning 39 games and Albion 14.
The game will be the 150th league meeting of the
clubs. Albion have 50 wins to Sunderland's 57.
The last time Albion played a game on this date
came in 2011 when two penalties from Chris Brunt gave the Baggies a 2-1
win over Liverpool at The Hawthorns - the club's first win over the Reds for 30
Sunderland's last game on April 2 came back in 2005
when the Black Cats beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 in a Championship clash at
Loftus Road, Andy Welsh, Chris Brown and Julio Arca the scorers.
Albion and Sunderland have met once previously on
this date - 1968 when the clubs played out a 0-0 draw in a First Division
fixture at The Hawthorns.
won more games (9),
won more points (32), and scored
more goals (30), against Sunderland than any other club in Premier League competition.
Ten of the last fourteen league meetings between the sides have
produced a minimum of three goals.
Darren Fletcher will make his 50th Albion
appearance if he plays a part in the game.
The club are laying on free
coach travel for supporters to the game - the 15th time they have made the
gesture. The team are unbeaten in 12 of those previous 14 trips.
Albion's last six games:
Norwich City (H) 0-1; Manchester
United (H) 1-0; Leicester City (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace (H) 3-2; Reading (A, FAC)
1-3; Everton (A) 1-0.
Sunderland's last six games:
Newcastle United (A) 1-1; Southampton (A) 1-1; Crystal Palace (H) 2-2; West Ham
United (A) 0-1; Manchester United (H) 2-1; Liverpool (A) 2-2.
Callum McManaman is fit again after recovering from
his ankle injury but James Morrison (hamstring) and long-term injury victim
Chris Brunt (knee) remain out.
(calf) and former Baggie Billy Jones (knock) are both expected to be fit but
Duncan Watmore (foot / ankle) is out.
Albion Win: 3/1, Sunderland Win:
21/20, Draw: 21/10.
Berahino 13/2, Rondon 13/2, Lambert 9/1, Anichebe 9/1, Sessegnon 11/1, Gardner
12/1, Pritchard 14/1, McClean 14/1, McManaman 16/1, Fletcher 20/1, Dawson 25/1,
McAuley 33/1, Evans 33/1, Sandro 33/1.
Sunderland: Defoe 4/1, N'Doye 11/2, Borini 6/1,
Khazri 13/2, Mandron 7/1, Lens 8/1, Toivonen 9/1, Rodwell 11/1, van Aanholt
16/1, Larsson 16/1, M'Vila 20/1, Kirchhoff 25/1, Kaboul 25/1, Jones 33/1, O'Shea
33/1, Kone 33/1, Cattermole 33/1.
No goalscorer: 7/1.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Assistant Referees: Richard West (East Riding) & Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)
East has refereed one Albion game so far this
season - the 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on Boxing Day.
He officiated three Albion games last
season - the 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool in April, the 2-0 defeat at Stoke City in December and the 0-0 draw at Southampton in August.
The Wiltshire official has taken charge of three
Sunderland games during 2015/16 - the 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth in
January, the 3-1 defeat away at Chelsea in December and the 4-1 Capital One Cup
defeat at home to Manchester City in September.
He has refereed one previous game between the sides
- in February 2013 when the Baggies beat Sunderland 2-1 at The Hawthorns.
Albion have failed to score in six of the last
games East has officiated.
East has issued 89 yellow cards and one red in the
31 games he has officiated so far this season.
A full run-down of East's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found
Albion were handed an allocation
of 2,000 tickets priced at £29 adults, £19 over-65s and £10 under-16s.
Tickets will be available to buy
at the Stadium of Light on the day of the game but only at adult prices.
Heavy rain, 9°C.
Albion first met Sunderland in May 1890
in a friendly game on Wearside which the Baggies won 5-3.
The first competitive meeting of the two sides came four
months later at Stoney Lane. Sunderland, in their first season of Football
League competition, travelled back up to the North East with two points
following a 4-0 victory. Scottish international Jimmy Millar scored two of
the visitors' goals.
The Baggies wouldn't record a league victory over Sunderland until the
13th meeting between the sides, Jack Cameron scoring the only goal of the
game in a 1-0 win at Stoney Lane in November 1896.
best league victory over the Black Cats is a 6-4 win at The Hawthorns in
February 1937. The Baggies have also registered a 6-5 win at The Hawthorns in
March 1934, a 5-1 win in December 1932, again in West Bromwich and another 5-1
victory, this time at Roker Park on New Year's Day 1966.
Sunderland's best victory over
Albion came at Newcastle Road in October 1892 when Johnny Campbell hit a
hat-trick in an 8-1 stroll for the defending league champions. Sunderland would
go on to retain the title at the end of the season.
Other big wins for Sunderland
include 7-1 on Wearside in January 1896 and three 6-1 victories, the first on
Wearside in September 1935, the second one at The Hawthorns in October 1937, and
finally again at Roker Park in February 1977.
Albion have a very good record
against Sunderland in the Premier League, losing just three of the seventeen
meetings between the clubs and winning nine.
The Baggies have also lost just
one of the last twelve games between the sides, winning eight and drawing three.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 21 August 2010 - Albion 1-0 Sunderland - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 25 April 2009 - Albion 3-0 Sunderland - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 17 September 2005 - Sunderland 1-1 Albion - Premier League - Stadium of Light
Sunday 18 April 2004 - Sunderland 0-1 Albion - League Division One - Stadium of Light
Saturday 19 April 2003 - Sunderland 1-2 Albion - Premier League - Stadium of Light
Saturday 5 January 2002 - Sunderland 1-2 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round - Stadium of Light
Saturday 8 October 1994 - Albion 1-3 Sunderland - League Division One - The
Saturday 5 February 1994 - Albion 2-1 Sunderland - League Division One - The
LAST MEETING AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 21 February 2015,
Pantilimon, Vergini (van
Aanholt 87), Reveillere, O’Shea, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson, Alvarez
(Fletcher 68), Graham (Wickham 68), Defoe. Subs not used: Bridcutt,
Gomez, Coates, Mannone.
Booked: Alvarez 11
Foster, Dawson, McAuley,
Lescott, Brunt, Morrison (Baird 73), Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner (McManaman 87),
Ideye, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, Wisdom, Olsson, Mulumbu,
(foul), Dawson 29 (foul)
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)
England manager Roy Hodgson
watched on as his former side
West Brom emerged with a 0-0 draw in controversial circumstances at
Sunderland. Hodgson was making a
rare trip to the Stadium of Light, but saw little to cheer him on a chill
Wearside afternoon with the Black Cats labouring in their efforts to avoid a
second successive relegation fight. However, it might have been so different had
referee Mike Jones seen two key first-half decisions the same way as the home
fans among a crowd of 40,943. Mr Jones opted not to send off last man Joleon
Lescott despite awarding a foul for his early challenge on Danny Graham on the
advice of assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, who then raised an offside flag to
deny Adam Johnson a 45th-minute opener.
Sunderland enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to find the
back of the net - legitimately, at least - for the third game in a row, although
they looked far more likely to do so than an unadventurous Baggies side, who
have now lost only once in 10 outings in all competitions.
Head coach Gus Poyet, who had
hinted in the run-up to the game that he would take a gamble on the fitness of
Lee Cattermole after a 10-game absence and Jermain Defoe, who missed the FA Cup
fifth-round debacle at
Bradford with a niggling calf problem, did just that for a game he
could not afford to lose. Having pleaded with fans to get behind the team in an
open letter earlier in the week and urged his players to give the crowd
something to shout about, it was referee Jones and his assistants who prompted
the biggest reaction at either end of a drab first half. The game was just five
minutes old when Cattermole played striker Graham in behind Lescott. Graham
looked to be clear, but he went to ground as the defender recovered, and the
home supporters were on their feet calling for blood as the flag went up. Jones
produced only a yellow card and replays suggested there had been little contact,
but there was a tangible sense of injustice as Sebastian Larsson curled the
resulting free-kick into the side-netting.
Thereafter, the half unfolded in
unspectacular fashion with Cattermole adding a solidity to the Black Cats and
opposite number Darren Fletcher probing for the Baggies, although with little
success. James Morrison curled an eighth-minute shot on the turn into goalkeeper
Costel Pantilimon's arms, but that was the Romanian's only notable action of the
opening 45 minutes. Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob was perhaps fortunate to
escape without further action when he was lectured by the referee for pushing
Defoe to the ground inside the penalty area for the second time while the pair
awaited delivery of a corner. However, that was not the end of the controversy
as the home side were denied what they felt was a perfectly good goal on the
stroke of half-time. Ricky Alvarez crossed from the right to the far post, where
Johnson controlled before rounding Ben Foster and stabbing home, only for a
harsh offside flag to end his celebrations. Larsson forced a diving save from
Foster deep into injury time, but the stalemate remained.
Sunderland resumed where they
had left off after the break, as they dominated possession, however West Brom's
organisation left little space to exploit. Full-back Chris Brunt had to block a
55th-minute Alvarez drive after the
international cut inside on to his left foot, and Craig Dawson had to be equally
determined to repel Defoe's effort six minutes later. The home side should have
gone ahead from the resulting corner when full-back Santiago Vergini met
Larsson's cross unopposed, but he glanced his header wide of the far post. As
the game entered its final quarter, Poyet sent strikers Connor Wickham and
Steven Fletcher on for Graham and Alvarez, and Wickham very nearly made a swift
impact when he saw Foster bundle away his header from Johnson's 76th-minute
corner, and that was as good as it got as the last push fell short.
Albion midfielder James McClean spent two
years as a Sunderland player after joining them from Derry City in August 2011.
He moved onto Wigan in August 2013 and spent two seasons with the Latics before
he moved to The Hawthorns in June 2015.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was Albion's
player / reserve team coach for two years under Brian Talbot from 1989-1991.
Dudley-born Allardyce made just one substitute appearance for the Baggies. 'Big
Sam' also spent a spell as a Sunderland player during the early 1980s.
Baggies' defender Jonny Evans spent two
separate spells on loan at Sunderland during his time with Manchester United.
Stéphane Sessègnon became
Albion's record signing when he moved to The Hawthorns in a £6million deal in September 2013. He
joined from Sunderland where he had spent two and a half years.
Baggies' midfielder Craig Gardner started
his career at Aston Villa, making his first team debut in 2005. The Solihull-born
player joined Birmingham City in January 2010 but following the club's
relegation from the Premier League 18 months later he left for Sunderland in a
reported £6 million deal. He moved to The Hawthorns on a 'Bosman' free in May
Sunderland defender Billy Jones joined the
Black Cats from Albion in the summer of 2014 after his contract at The Hawthorns
had expired. He had joined the Baggies in June 2011 from Preston North End.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Jack Allan, Sam Allardyce, Mark Angel, Brett Angell, Peter Barnes,
Jack Boyd, Darren Carter, Frank Cresswell, Shaun Cunnington, Andy Dibble, Danny Dichio,
Tony Ford, Carsten Fredgaard, Marton Fulop, Sid Glidden, Tommy Glidden, Don Goodman, Bernt
Haas, Jimmy Hamilton, Danny Hegan, Jim Holton, Bobby Hope, Kevin Kilbane,
Andy Marriott, Archie McKenzie, Sandy McNab,
Paul McShane, Jimmy Millar, Joe Murphy, John Nevin, Jimmy Nicholl, Kevin
Phillips, Kieran Richardson, Barry Siddall, Colin Suggett, Billy Thompson, Stanislav Varga,
Geoff Wardle, Ike Webb, Colin West and John Wile.
Denis Smith managed both Albion and Sunderland;
Malcolm Crosby was Smith's assistant at both clubs and also had a
spell as the Black Cats' boss; Former Albion assistant manager Frank
Burrows had a spell coaching at Sunderland; Former Baggies' boss
Brian Little had trials as a player at
Sunderland; Former Black Cats' coach Steve Walford
spent a short spell on loan at The Hawthorns during the 1988/89 season.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS SUNDERLAND
TEN MATCHES AGAINST SUNDERLAND
17 Oct 2015
21 Feb 2015
16 Aug 2014
2 (1 pen) -
07 May 2014
21 Sep 2013
23 Feb 2013
(1 pen) - Sessegnon
Sat 24 Nov 2012
Long, Lukaku (pen), Fortuné - Gardner, Sessegnon
Sat 25 Feb 2012
Odemwingie 2, Morrison, Andrews
Sat 01 Oct 2011
Long - Bendtner, Elmohamady
Sat 09 Apr 2011
Mulumbu, Scharner - Shorey (og), Bardsley
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Saturday 2nd April
12:45pm - Aston Villa v Chelsea.
3:00pm - Arsenal v Watford; Bournemouth v
Manchester City; Norwich City v Newcastle United; Stoke City v Swansea City;
Sunderland v Albion; West Ham United v Crystal Palace.
5:30pm - Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur.
Sunday 3rd April
1:30pm - Leicester City v Southampton.
4:00pm - Manchester United v Everton.