Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has predicted Saturday’s Premier League clash between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light to end in a draw.
“West Ham are flying at the top and Sunderland are not doing great but, again, I just can't separate these teams,” the 46-year-old wrote on Skysports.com.
“West Ham have done great but I don’t see them winning here. The Stadium of Light is a hard place to go and I think Big Sam will be silently thinking ‘I’ll settle for a point here’.
“Obviously they want to win but you’ve got make sure you don’t lose as this is where the points mount up across the season. Suddenly going to Sunderland and getting a draw is a good result.
“I think this is a hard game and I think Sunderland are alright. I know they got beat by City but they went to Liverpool and were very comfortable.”
Winning against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light is never easy, but West Ham will be confident of picking up all three points given the form they are in at the moment.
Sam Allardyce’s side are fourth in the Premier League table with 27 points from 15 matches and will be determined to extend their three-game winning run.
Playing at home will give Sunderland some comfort, but perhaps Gus Poyet’s side themselves will be happy with just a point.