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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Sunderland v West Ham: Can the Hammers do a north east double?


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Sunderland v west ham

West Ham triumphed on their last visit to the north east, beating Newcastle United 1-0. Can they make it a double by beating Sunderland this afternoon?

Big Sam will be sure of a warm reception at the Stadium of Light following his time as Newcastle manager, as will former Mags captain Kevin Nolan, but that will only spur both sides on and hopefully this will be an action-packed game.

After winning three out of four Sunderland have slipped back into their old ways, going down at home to Spurs and at Liverpool. Losing to those two is not a tragedy though, but losing can become a habit and O'Neill needs to snap them out of it quick sharp. 

Sunderland were denied their first league win of the season by West Ham in the dying minutes at Upton Park, thanks to Kevin Nolan. That result stung the Black Cats and they will be eager to put the Hammers to bed early on, but the visitors - with only two wins to their name in the past 10 outings - are dangerous going forward.

West Ham's last league win at the Stadium of Light came courtesy of a single goal by Valon Behrami. While everyone would love to see a glut of goals to keep them warm in the Arctic blast, both sides would settle for a 1-0 win.

Sunderland v West Ham; Kick Off 3pm January 11 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

1

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

0

Man United

Alex Richert

TBA    

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

0

V

3

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

0

V

2

Stoke City

Peter Holland

1   

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

3

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

3

West Ham

Matt Beeby

0

V

2

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

0

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 6; Draw: 11; Away: 16. TBA 1.

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