Sunderland vs West Brom Preview - EFL Championship

Sunderland and West Brom badges with EFL logo

Sunderland and West Brom badges with EFL logo

Sunderland will look to keep up their impressive EFL Championship form when they face Carlos Corberan's West Brom side on Monday night.

RealSport101's Harry Smith is on hand to provide a comprehensive preview of Saturday's EFL Championship battle, including team news, predicted starting XIs and predictions.

Sunderland vs West Brom Team News

Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray could opt for an unchanged starting XI for the visit of West Brom following a convincing performance against Millwall last weekend.

The Black Cats will once again be without young centre-back Dan Ballard, while Ross Stewart remains a doubt due to fitness concerns. Costa Rican international Jewison Bennette should feature on the bench.

West Brom boss Carlos Corberan has a clean bill of health heading into West Brom's first post-international break fixture with long-term absentees Daryl Dike and Semi Ajayi now integrated back into the starting XI.

The former could make a rare start up top on Monday night, while Grady Diangana is expected to feature after he was left out of a recent friendly with Spanish club Elche.

Confirmed Absentees

Sunderland: Dan Ballard, Ross Stewart (doubtful)

West Brom: None

Predicted Lineups

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Patterson; Gooch, O'Nien, Batth, Alese; Neil, Evans; Diallo, Pritchard, Clarke; Simms

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Palmer; Furlong, Bartley, O'Shea, Townsend; Yokuslu, Molumby; Wallace, Swift, Diangana; Dike

Sunderland vs West Brom Score Prediction

Sunderland got the EFL Championship season restarted last weekend with a dominant 3-0 victory over Millwall. The Black Cats have won three of their last four league games ahead of the visit of West Brom.

Victory on Monday night will see Tony Mowbray's side climb up to seventh in the EFL Championship table, and with star man Ross Stewart's return looking imminent, the hosts could be one to watch in the second half of the season.

Wigan's draw on Saturday afternoon plunged West Brom back into the relegation zone ahead of their trip to the Stadium of Light, but the mood remains positive in the West Brom camp.

The Baggies won three league games on the bounce heading into the international break and look a much more disciplined unit since the arrival of former Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan.

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 West Brom

Harry Smith's Tip: BTTS - Yes

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