Having kept the strike forces of both Chelsea and Liverpool at bay Gus Poyet’s side now take on a West Ham side with plenty of goal-scoring options, not least Andy Carroll who announced his return with a brace against Swansea City.
Sunderland are buoyed by the news that Connor Wickham has committed to the club for the long term and the young forward would love to celebrate by netting against a side currently in the top four and deservedly so.
Sunderland injury concerns: Poyet has no fresh injury concerns at this time.
Sunderland absences: Patrick van Aanholt is out with a dislocated shoulder and Billy Jones is side-lined with a hamstring injury. Emanuele Giaccherini is also out with an ankle problem.
West Ham injury concerns: Carl Jenkinson has a hamstring injury but has a 75 per cent chance of playing and Mark Noble is 50/50 due to a calf problem
West Ham absences: Sam Allardyce currently has no confirmed absentees.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Sunderland – Pantilimon, Reveillere, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Bridcutt, Johnson, Larsson, Gomez, Wickham, Fletcher
West Ham – Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Kouyate, Downing, Nolan, Carroll, Sakho