Date: Saturday 14th December
Venue: Upton Park
Sunderland look to win on the road this season at the eighth time of asking as they travel to East London to face fellow strugglers West Ham. Only a win will be good enough for the Black Cats if they want to avoid being the team sat bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day, a position that has inevitably ended in relegation all but once in 21 seasons.
The Hammers could slip into the bottom three should they come away with anything other than 3 points, proving this is a must win game for both sides going into the busy Christmas period.
Sam Allardyce faces a selection headache for Saturday’s clash. He will be without former Sunderland loanee Stewart Downing following his ankle injury picked up away at another one of his former clubs Liverpool. Andy Carroll