Premier League Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland

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Updated: August 12, 2014
West Bromwich

Match Date: 16 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Boleyn Ground

(Featured image: West Brom | Source: skysports.com)

 

Among the minnows in the last edition of the Premier League, West Brom and Sunderland had to move mountains in order to remain in the English top-tier football. They did make it to the safe spots but their campaigns were marred by plenty of flaws.

 

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies went through a very challenging season and if not for the victory they obtained from West Ham United three weeks before the season’s conclusion, they would have been eliminated from the tournament alongside Fulham and Cardiff. They only managed to win seven times—the fewest number of victories among all clubs—throughout the fixtures but were spared from the deadly abyss by picking up 15 additional points from the 15 stalemates they acquired from their rivals. They finished the season with 36 points and a goal difference of -16.

 

In their recent friendlies, West Brom recorded four wins out of seven matches, the remainders being losses. Majority of these fixtures were held outside The Hawthorns and they faced sides like Bury, Sacramento Republic, Shrewsbury Town, Nottingham Forest, Porto Vale, and Porto.

 

Sunderland

Perhaps next to Crystal Palace, Sunderland were among the Cinderella stories last season. They spent many weeks of the league marooned in the bottom three but with strong determination and improvement in form, they successfully escaped relegation and finished the season within the top 15. The Black Cats, of course, recorded figures that are far from being perfect. They lost 20 times and had to share scores in eight occasions. They recorded a total of 10 victories, four of which were obtained in the last five weeks of the top-tier competition.

 

Sunderland engaged in six pre-season friendlies as a preparation for the new season. From this set, they won five times, beating the likes of Darlington, Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, and Recreativo Huelva. They were rendered goalless by Nacional and Vitoria Setubal.

 

Online betting tip: West Brom and Sunderland will share the spoils and will earn one point apiece.