Friday, April 03, 2009

West Ham vs Sunderland - The Predictions

West Ham go into this game trying to extend their unbeaten run in the league to five games. Sunderland have not won in five.

Sunderland's Cisse was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after an incident outside a Newcastle lap-dancing club but manager Ricky Sbragia says he will play. However Sunderland cannot play defender Calum Davenport as he is on loan from West Ham. Ex-Hammer George McCartney is a doubt for the game after suffering a calf injury in Northern Ireland's win over Slovenia on Wednesday.

West Ham will miss Carlton Cole up front but should see some action from Kieron Dyer. Because of Dyer's long absence through injury, however, it is unlikely that he will start. West Ham also benefit from the return to fitness of Collins and Savio.

Lawro says that "West Ham are getting short on players, but we're starting to see what a very good job Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clark are doing, especially on the training ground, which I've heard is innovative and enjoyable." Despite the loss of Carlton Cole and West Ham's recent problems in front of goal Lawro also sees West Ham getting two goals.

Lawro predicts a 2-1 win for West Ham

Sky are not impressed with Sunderland's recent form. The side have claimed just two points from the last 15 on offer. Sky say David Di Michele is the player to watch.

Sky predict a 2-0 West Ham win

Setanta say that Robert Green is the rock on which West Ham's success has been built this season and that the form of both teams bodes badly for Sunderland.

Setanta predict a 1-0 West Ham win


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