So after an entertaining draw against the Canaries, gaffer Slaven Bilic will be looking to make it four out of four on the road – a first in the Hammers’ Premier League history – against a struggling Dick Advocaat side.
Sunderland are still yet to win a Premier League match this campaign, only collecting two points from their first seven games.
How do we compare to the Black Cats this season? We currently sit third in the table with 13 points and are on a run of four games without losing. Sunderland play us coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat away at Old Trafford, lowering their goal difference to -10 already, putting them bottom of the premier league table.
I don’t want us going into the match thinking that they will be a pushover, because we will get beat. We need to be organised, compact, and play the free flowing football we have done away from home this season.
If we go there with a winning mentality and doing all the things I listed above, then there is no reason as to why we cannot take home three points with us.
It will be interesting to see if Sunderland start the match with two strikers or one.
I personally think Defoe and Borini will start up top for them in a 4-4-2 formation. Both of these players are going to have to be dealt with if we are to keep a clean sheet.
If we can prevent their wide men from getting crosses into our box, I think we will be very comfortable and should be able to exploit their wings on the counter attack
As for the Hammers, I think this will be our starting line-up…
I have heard many rumours that Ogbonna is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehabilitation so he could be fit for Saturday. If this is the case, I would put him straight in pairing Reid at the back, but if not 100%, I would stick to Tomkins.
I would like Bilic to introduce Antonio for at least 30 mins of the game, but if Moses is still feeling tired from last week, I would just start with Antonio and let him impress Bilic with what he can do for the team, then bring Moses into the action if need be.
As for Obiang, I think we can play a bit more of an attacking formation and let Payet sit in front of Noble and Kouyate, but I
do feel for the Spaniard because he has impressed me away from home this season, especially at Anfield.
Lanzini impressed me against Norwich and was the only one really who was looking like creating something. He is a player that wants to make things happen, and when he gets the ball it excites me and I think he will definitely start on Saturday.
It’s my first away game this season as I mentioned and I am really looking forward to the game, and of course the eight hour journey time to get there and back!
As for my prediction, I think considering our away form this season, if we keep it tight and play good counter attacking football, then we will get a 0-3 win. Ambitious to say the least! COYI!