Sunderland v West Brom team news & stats

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 12:57

Younes Kaboul: Defender asked to leave Sunderland

West Brom have lost only one of their last 12 Premier League games against Sunderland going into Saturday’s clash at the Stadium of Light.

Team news

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul is fit again after limping out of the draw at Newcastle with a calf problem before the international break, while Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri have recovered from the minor knocks which prevented them from linking up with the Ivory Coast and Tunisia respectively.

Billy Jones is expected to be fit after nursing a slight knock, leaving only Duncan Watmore (ankle ligaments) on the casualty list.

West Brom, meanwhile, could welcome back Callum McManaman after he made his return from an ankle problem in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Burnley in the week.

Chris Brunt is out until next season with a serious knee injury while James Morrison remains sidelined with a hamstring problem but is closing in on a return.

Opta stats

  • West Bromwich Albion have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Sunderland (W8 D3 L1).
  • The Baggies have beaten Sunderland more times in the Premier League than any other team (9).
  • Saido Berahino has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances against the Black Cats.
  • However, Tony Pulis’ side have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games (W1 D4 L4).
  • Sunderland have exactly the same number of points from 30 Premier League games this season as they had in 2014/15 (26).
  • Jermain Defoe’s tally of 12 Premier League goals is his best in a season since 2009/10, in which he scored 18 times for Spurs.
  • However, only three of those 12 goals for Defoe have been scored at the Stadium of Light.
  • Sunderland have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team (179).
  • Tony Pulis’ side have fired in 87 shots on target this season, fewer than any other top flight club.
  • Salomón Rondón has scored in four of his last six Premier League starts for West Brom.


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