Sunderland v West Brom: Big Match preview

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Sunderland v West Brom
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Stadium of Light
Date: Saturday, 9 April - Kick-off: 1500
TV Coverage: Highlights on Match of the Day


Sunderland trio Kieran Richardson, Phil Bardsley and Sulley Muntari are all expected to be fit. Titus Bramble and Fraizer Campbell are both injured, but Nedum Onuoha returns after being ineligible to face parent club Manchester City last weekend.

West Brom welcome back midfielder James Morrison, who has recovered from a thigh problem. Graham Dorrans is close to a return, but Saturday's game will come too soon for him.


Cattermole targets big finish

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is confident the Black Cats will end their recent poor run of form, and finish the season as strongly as they started.

Steve Bruce’s men have not won in seven games, picking up just one point from a possible 21 since February and lie 12th in the table with seven games left.

The 23-year-old midfielder said: "We've all had a couple of good meetings this week and a lot of good things have come out of it. We're not too far away from seventh but obviously we've been on a bad run."


He added: "We just need to get back to what got us into such a good position at Christmas or in January."

International and cup breaks have upset the Sunderland routine, but it’s back to normal from here on in, and Cattermole believes that will help regain momentum.

He said: "Now we're Saturday-Saturday, back to normal weeks, it's a bit of a fresh start to us and we can just kick on."

Cattermole recently returned from a back injury which kept him out for three months, and he’s still searching for full match fitness.

He added: "I don't think I had total rest for nine weeks. You don't even get that in the summer, you have six or seven weeks to get back fit so my fitness is a bit of a worry but I'm willing to work hard on the training pitch and put in the extra sessions."

With all except one of Sunderland's remaining matches against teams below them in the league, Cattermole thinks his side are set for a strong finish to the season. "We've got a decent run in," he said. "We're all looking forward to the challenge."

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