Sunderland vs West Brom preview: Which side are ahead in five key areas?

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West Bromwich Albion take on Sunderland this weekend and we take a look at their statistics over the course of the season.

West Brom v Sunderland: Head to Head: Who will win the match between Sunderland and WBA?: 20150218

The result of Sunderland's match against West Bromwich Albion this weekend looks set to have a major impact on both sides' seasons. 

With both teams locked in a relegation battle, three points for either will have a huge influence over where they finish in the Premier League table.

At the moment Sunderland are in 15th place with West Brom just one position ahead of them, and a victory would be precious for either side.

Both Sunderland and West Brom head into the game having struggled for goals this season, but the North East outfit's problems going forward have certainly been greater.

  GoalsOpposition goalsShotsPassesPassing AccuracyShots againstAppearances
West Brom 24 34 295 10513 76.99% 312 25
Sunderland 22 36 260 10040 77.98% 405 25

West Brom have scored two more goals than Gus Poyet's side and they have also managed 35 more shots throughout the course of the season. 

Rather more surprisingly, the Baggies have also been significantly better at distributing the ball around their team and appear to play with a more patient possession-based game than the Black Cats

West Brom will, therefore, travel to the Stadium of Light filled with confidence that they can get a result, especially after the impact that Tony Pulis has already made.

Pulis appears to have made the Baggies a much tougher side to play against in his initial time in charge and if he can guide them to victory against Sunderland he will look highly likely to keep up his record of never seeing a club relegated under his stewardship. 

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