“Gus Poyet paid the price for last weekend’s 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa and new manager Dick Advocaat has it all to do to keep a misfiring Sunderland side in the Premier League,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.
“’New manager syndrome’ often sees a side to victory in the new gaffer’s first game in charge however Advocaat and his new backroom staff will have to wait until after the international break to seal a first success, with Sam Allardyce’s side taken to earn a precious three points at Upton Park.”
Could Michael Owen’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 at the moment, having won just once in their last 12 Premier League games.
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.