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Sunderland v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews

April 11, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Saturday April 15 – Stadium of Light – Premier League

Sunderland’s Premier League relegation woes continue while West Ham ended their run of five straight defeats against Swansea last week. The Hammers have yet to show consistency this season, but they should have few problems against David Moyes’ men.

Past Meetings

Sunderland haven’t beaten West Ham since a 3-0 victory in January 2013. With four wins and two draws over the past three years, the Irons have been as dominant against Sunderland as the perennial top four.

Team News

Duncan Watmore, Paddy McNair, Jan Kirchoff and Bryan Oviedo will miss Saturday’s meeting through injury, while Sebastian Larsson is suspended. With a thin squad limiting rotation, expect a defensive set-up from the Black Cats.

West Ham also have a few names on the treatment table and will be without Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Aaron Creswell, Gokhan Tore and Michail Antonio, and Mark Noble will miss the trip north due to a suspension.

Sunderland vs West Ham Preview and Predictions

Despite being the away side, West Ham are favourites to take all three points at odds of 13/10. Although they just claimed their first win in six weeks, Slaven Bilic’s side rarely looked out of their depth, so the slump can be blamed on a tough fixture list which included Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Even a draw at 5/2 goes against the home side, which shows just how big of a mess the Black Cats are in.

Sunderland are priced at 12/5 to take the win, which seems a little high considering that they haven’t scored a goal in almost eight hours of play. In fact, West Ham’s odds of winning by three or more at 9/1 equals Sunderland’s odds of winning by two, which also seems like poor value.

Although the away side have found themselves struggling with injuries and lost key man Michail Antonio on his comeback from injury last week, their strength on paper makes them an awkward encounter for even the likes of Everton in fifth, so Sunderland shouldn’t offer much trouble.

Andy Carrol can be found at 5/1 to open the scoring, and given his recent upturn in form it seems the most logical option. The England international wasn’t risked last week against Swansea so he should be fully fit and in the starting XI. Diafra Sakho at 5/1 and Andre Ayew at 13/2 are also attractive options to open the scoring, but the former Liverpool man becomes West Ham’s focal point, which makes anyone else unlikely.

Recommended Bets

West Ham to win by two goals at 6/1

The Hammers aren’t as hopelessly defensive as most lower table Premier League clubs, but the amount of first teamers out means they will be nowhere near full strength. However, they should still have enough firepower to blow Sunderland away.

Fabio Borini to score anytime at 11/4

Although Sunderland’s goal drought goes on and on, it can’t possibly continue for much longer. Jermain Defoe may be the Black Cats’ top scorer this season, but Borini has been their best player overall and the only squad member to always give 100%. A decimated West Ham offer his best chance to find the net.

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