Sunderland vs West Ham United 03/31/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Sunderland (6-7-16) West Ham United (9-7-15)
Monday 31st March 2014 20:00(GMT)
The Line: Sunderland 5/4 Draw 11/5 West Ham United 12/5 See the Latest Odds
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On Wednesday last Sunderland went to Anfield and played a really good game against Liverpool in Anfield, unfortunately for Gus Poyet's team they could not get a result with that good performance. But what the game did illustrate was the fact that Sunderland can play with the big boys, home or away. With a backline lead by O'Shea, Brown, Mannone there is enough talent and experience to help Sunderland stay up. The problems for Sunderland will be the other end where Borini, Altidore and Wickham must provide the goals to secure the black cats future. Borini has been particularly impressive of late forthe Black Cats. Lee Cattermole was instrumental midweek against Liverpool and if the SUnderland captain can perform like that consistantly I think he can lead Sunderland to survival.
West Ham won on Wednesday night against Hull City but were actually awful for the entire 90 minutes, the West Ham fans let the team know of their disappointement in Upton Park. Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan will be the key to any offence that West Ham can muster against Sunderland. It will be interesting to see if manager Sam Allardyce makes any positional or personnell changes given the poor performance midweek.
I like Sunderland here, its maybe a bit too simple to say that Sunderland need the win more and therefore they will but that's my gut feeling on this. Sunderland have been going through a rough patch and have lost four of the last five in all competitions but that stat is a little misleading as Sunderland have actually won five of the last seven at home in the Stadium of Light and I am banking of theBlackCats putting in another solid home performance on Monday night football. Take Sunderland to win and follow me on twitter@antonpippo