Unbeaten Sunderland will be tough opposition for West Ham

Martin O’Neill brings his Black Cats to east London on Saturday still sporting a surprise unbeaten tag

Sunderland come to Upton Park on Saturday with an impressive unbeaten tag to boast of – the trouble is, they haven’t won a game yet either!

Martin O’Neill’s boys are proving hard to beat having drawn all three of their games so far this season.

They followed up their opening day goalless stalemate with Arsenal at the Emirates by battling to a 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Saturday night saw them draw 1-1 with Liverpool to make it three points from three games and all three of their goals so far have been notched up by club record signing Steven Fletcher.


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The �12 million former Scotland international has a heavy price tag to weigh him down, but it does not seem to have affected him so far.

He will be the one to watch, though O’Neill has assembled some decent players including Sebastian Larsson and Adam Johnson who have both been a thorn in West Ham’s side in the past.

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Fletcher actually scored two for Burnley at Upton Park back in 2009, but with the Clarets going down that season and then the striker helping Wolves to the same fate last time, he is beginning to rival Nigel Quashie as a poison chalice player!

The last time Sunderland came to Upton Park they thumped the already relegated Hammers 3-0, as Kevin Keen took temporary charge after Avram Grant’s sacking.

However, the previous four meetings had seen West Ham win them all.

The Hammers have won their opening two home league games this term and will be desperate to make it three and continue their good start, but O’Neill’s sides are well-organised and stubborn and may prove a difficult bridge to cross.

Possible team: Mignolet, O’Shea, Cuellar, Bardsley, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, Sessegnon, McClean, Fletcher.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 Sunderland 1

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