Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham United v Sunderland

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between West Ham United and Sunderland.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that West Ham United will win against Sunderland at home on Saturday.

The former Liverpool defender believes that the Hammers will register a 2-1 victory at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League clash.

“The Hammers are actually below the Black Cats in the Premier League's form table - they have only won one out of their 12 Premier League game since Christmas - but this is certainly not an easy start for (Dick) Advocaat,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“I would not question the commitment of any of the Sunderland players, but they have not been creating anything like enough chances and Advocaat must find a way of changing that.”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

West Ham will head into the encounter in London as favourites, mainly because they are at home.

Sam Allardyce’s side are struggling for points and for form, having won just once in their last 12 Premier League games.

The Hammers have lost both their two league matches this month, conceding four goals and scoring none in the process.

Sunderland are not in great form, either, having suffered a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

The loss to the Villans cost Gus Poyet his job, and it will be interesting to see how the players respond to new manager Dick Advocaat.

The Dutchman took over just a few days ago, and one suspects that he is still getting to know the players.

Winning at West Ham is probably beyond Sunderland, but the Black Cats should try to get a point at the Boleyn Ground.

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