WEST BROMWICH ALBION v SUNDERLAND
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 17th October 2015,
game will be the 153rd competitive meeting between
Albion and Sunderland. The Black Cats currently have 57 wins to their name
compared to the Baggies' 53.
There have been 16 Premier League meetings with
Albion winning eight and Sunderland three.
The last time Albion played a game on this date
came in 2009 when goals from Jerome Thomas (2) and Youssouf Mulumbu gave the
Baggies a 3-1 win over Reading in a Championship clash at The Hawthorns
Sunderland's last game on October 17 also came in
2009 when a Darren Bent goal gave the Black Cats a 1-0 Premier League win over
Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.
won more games (8),
won more points (29), and scored
more goals (29), against Sunderland than any other club in Premier League competition.
Albion have won five of the last six Premier League
meetings between the clubs at The Hawthorns.
Ten of the last thirteen league meetings between the sides have
produced a minimum of three goals.
Only Aston Villa (2) and Watford
(1) have scored fewer league goals at home than Albion’s four this season.
Sunderland are winless in their
last 11 league games (D5, L6) - the worst current run in the division.
have conceded nine goals at home this season - only
City (10) have conceded more.
Albion's last six games:
Crystal Palace (A) 0-2; Everton
(H) 2-3; Norwich City (A, LC) 0-3; Aston Villa (A) 1-0; Southampton (H) 0-0;
Stoke City (A) 1-0.
Sunderland's last six games:
West Ham United (H) 2-2; Manchester United (A) 0-3; Manchester City (H, LC) 1-4;
Bournemouth (A) 0-2; Spurs (H) 0-1; Aston Villa (A) 2-2.
Jonny Evans (groin), James
Morrison (ankle), Saido Berahino (knock) and Salomon Rondon (fatigue) are all
doubts ahead of the visit of Sunderland with the quartet each given just a 50-50
chance of being fit.
New Black Cats' boss Sam
Allardyce will be without the suspended duo of Jeremain Lens and Sebastian
Coates for his first game in charge but Younes Kaboul (knee) and Adam Matthews
(ankle), and midfielders Yann M'Vila (hamstring) and Ola Toivonen (groin) are
all expected to be available after injury.
Albion Win: 11/10, Sunderland Win:
3/1, Draw: 2/1.
Berahino 9/2, Rondon 9/2, Lambert 11/2, Anichebe 6/1, McClean 7/1, McManaman
9/1, Gnabry 9/1, Gardner 10/1, Morrison 10/1, Brunt 16/1, Dawson 16/1, Fletcher
20/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 28/1, Chester 28/1, Olsson 33/1, Evans 33/1.
Sunderland: Defoe 13/2, Fletcher 7/1, Borini 15/2,
Graham 9/1, Johnson 11/1, Toivonen 11/1, Watmore 14/1, Gomez 14/1, Rodwell 20/1,
Larsson 20/1, M'Vila 25/1, Kaboul 28/1, Cattermole 33/1.
No goalscorer: 8/1.
Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Atkinson has officiated one Albion game so far this
season - the 1-0 win at Aston Villa last month.
He took charge of two Albion games last season -
the 3-2 home defeat against Leicester City on 'Astle Day' in April and the 4-0 FA Cup win over West Ham at The Hawthorns in February.
The West Yorkshire official took charge of five
Sunderland games last season - their 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City in May,
the 1-1 draw at Stoke City in April, their 2-0 defeat at home to Queens Park
Rangers in February, the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa in December and the 1-1 draw
against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light in August.
Atkinson has handed out 56 yellow cards but no red
in the 11 games he has refereed so far this season.
A full run down of
Atkinson's record when taking
charge of Albion games can be found
Tickets are on currently on
general sale to home supporters priced at £27/£25 adults, £21/£20 over-65s,
£16/£15 under-21s/students and £10 juniors.
The lower ticket prices apply to
the Birmingham Road End and Smethwick End Stands.
Thick cloud, 11°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 sixteen
meetings between the clubs.
The Baggies have also lost just
one of the last eleven games between the sides, winning seven 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 HAWTHORNS
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 16 August 2014,
Foster, Wisdom, Dawson,
Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner (Yacob 84), Dorrans (Sessegnon 84), Berahino,
Brunt (c) (Baird 76), Anichebe. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Ideye,
Goalscorers: Berahino 42
Dorrans 30 (foul), Olsson 32
Mannone, Roberge, van Aanholt,
Brown (Altidore 81), O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell (Gomez 67),
Johnson (Buckley 73), Wickham, Fletcher. Subs not used: Pantilimon (gk),
Bridcutt, Mavrias, Graham.
Cattermole 5, Larsson 85
Booked: Roberge 42
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Sebastian Larsson tucked home a
late equaliser as Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw in their Barclays Premier
League opener at West Brom. The hosts had looked like making a winning start
under new boss Alan Irvine after Saido Berahino struck twice following Lee
Cattermole's superb fifth-minute goal at The Hawthorns.
Sunderland may feel justice was
done after Berahino's first came from a controversial penalty on 42 minutes, but
West Brom, after dominating play, will rue several wasted chances. The match
pitted together two sides looking to make a fresh start after narrowly avoiding
relegation last season. Irvine, who was paraded on the pitch to good applause
prior to kick-off, fielded three of his eight new signings in former Sunderland
man Craig Gardner, Andre Wisdom and Sebastien Pocognoli. Record £10m buy Brown
Ideye, not yet deemed match-fit, was left on the bench.
Sunderland gave a start to their headline summer signing Jack Rodwell and also gave
a debut to Patrick van Aanholt.
At first it seemed West Brom had
settled the better, enjoying some good early possession, but it was Sunderland
who showed the first flash of brilliance through Cattermole. The midfielder
collected the ball 25 yards out from Jonas Olsson's headed clearance, steadied
himself and unleashed a powerful shot into the top corner which Ben Foster could
only get fingertips to. West Brom were not rocked by the setback and soon
settled back into a rhythm which could bode well for the season. They pieced
together some slick moves and utilised the holding-up ability of Victor Anichebe
well, although they were initially restricted to long-range efforts. Captain
Chris Brunt went close with a good effort that curled narrowly wide and
Pocognoli hit another crisp strike, although Vito Mannone was unconcerned as it
drifted wide. Mannone looked more worried when Berahino found space, but lashed
into the side-netting.
Sunderland could have doubled their lead against the run of play when
Larsson floated a free-kick into the box, but Valentin Roberge headed a
clear-cut chance wide. The visitors were made to pay for the miss, although they
could have a legitimate gripe over the penalty after Anichebe appeared to go
down at the slightest hint of a shirt-pull from Roberge. Referee Neil Swarbrick
blew instantly, but stoked the tension by taking a few moments to indicate his
decision. When given the go-ahead, Berahino made no mistake with a well-taken
spot-kick. Sunderland lost their composure in the minutes that followed and
Berahino benefited from some sloppy defending on a strong run, but Mannone got
himself behind his shot.
The visitors survived a scare
early in the second half as Mannone flapped and Craig Dawson thought he had
forced the ball over the line, but the flag was raised for a foul on the
goalkeeper. Sunderland then started to show some spirit and created chances for
Connor Wickham, who volleyed wide, and Steven Fletcher, whose header was ruled
out for offside. It proved a short-lived flurry from Sunderland and the Baggies
claimed the lead after 74 minutes. Mannone saved well from Graham Dorrans'
long-range strike, but the ball stayed in play and Gardner was the quickest to
react, quickly whipping in high cross to the far post. Sunderland were still
back-tracking and Berahino got ahead of Van Aanholt to tap home his second, to
the clear frustration of Mannone, who looked angry with the defence. Yet the
visitors were not done and produced a move almost out of keeping with much of
their earlier play five minutes from time. Jordi Gomez found Van Aanholt down
the left and his cut-back was deftly diverted past Foster by Larsson from six
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.
New 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
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
Sat 21 Aug 2010