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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(39) 33 Goals 26 (43)
(22) 18 Assists 17 (32)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
31.5 Average Age 33.5
181.1 Average Height (cm) 185.2
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 0.9 (1)
(45%) 41% Aerial Duel Success 52% (55%)
(0.6) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.3)
(1.4) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Lee Cattermole Out 6.69
Wes Brown Out N/A
John O'Shea Out 6.91
Carlos Cuellar Doubtful 7.16
Danny Rose Doubtful 7
Player Reason Status Rating
Andy Carroll Out 7.58
Mohamed Diamé Out 7.05
George McCartney Out 6.64
Joey O'Brien Doubtful 6.86

Team News

  • Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar were both withdrawn due to injury against Bolton and the latter has made costly mistakes in recent weeks so could be replaced by Kilgallon.
  • Connor Wickham scored from the bench last weekend, doing his chances of a rare start no harm, but Stephane Sessegnon is likely to return to the starting XI.
  • Elsewhere, if Rose cannot recover in time Jack Colback may be asked to play at left-back, with Craig Gardner moving forward into the midfield.
  • Joey O'Brien is rated as doubtful ahead of the trip to Sunderland, with youngster Daniel Potts ready to deputise if needed.
  • Despite a lack of match fitness Joe Cole should keep his place in the side after setting up both of West Ham's goals in the 3-2 defeat to United last weekend.
  • Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan should return to the starting XI, with the latter perhaps moving Cole out to a wider position on the left.


  • West Ham have only beaten Sunderland once at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League but look like the stronger team going into the tie this time around.
  • The both teams will look to get plenty of balls into the box, relying on playmakers such as Sessegnon or Cole for rare moments of magic.
  • Sunderland's home form is not great but up against a West Ham side without a win on the road since early November they should be able to get a result of sorts.
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