Carl Jenkinson will return to the squad while Carlton Cole is also expected to be fit while Winston Reid, James Tomkins, and Enner Valencia will remain out due to injury for the Hammers. Sunderland Lee Cattermole remains suspended while Sebastian Larsson and John O'Shea are game time decisions. Duncan Watmore could debut for the Black Cats while Adam Johnson could also feature after his suspended has been lifted when he made bail following his arrest and the ongoing investigation.
West Ham are struggling. They have just 8 points since Christmas, 3rd worst in the league ahead of only Sunderland and QPR, while managing only 1 win and 6 losses in the 12 games in the same time frame.
Sunderland will have confidence, having only lost one of the last 7 meetings between the two sides. The Black Cats are however winless in their last 7 games in all competitions, with one goal in their last 6. Gus Poyet's reign was massively disappointing, managing only 14 wins in his 60 game tenure and 59 goals. Former West Ham player Jermaine Defoe has 4 goals in 5 games against his former club.
Can see the new manager inspiring a point but it will be an abysmal game.
West Ham 1-1 Sunderland