Two Miss out and One Returns to Sunderland Line up for West Ham - aren't you Excited?

Another trip to the Stadium of Light this afternoon and I can feel the electricity among the Sunderland faithful. Such is the sheer brilliance of recent home performances, no wonder we can't wait to go again. After all, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was class - wasn't he? Now we get to watch the likes of Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini make mugs of us. Can't wait.


It's not looking great for us. Today I mean, we already know the end result of this season. Not many predict things getting any better, you can see evidence of that with the predictions at

I honestly didn't notice Bryan Oviedo was substituted until very, very late on in the game. I went down for a pint early. I thought Oviedo was playing and that he was on glue or something when he started pinging things around with his right. Anyway, he was substituted and now he misses out today through a hamstring injury.

Seb Larsson is also absent after his red card appeal was turned down. David Moyes described losing Seb as a "big loss" and apparently he "puts in a good standard of performance in every game". That's either a blatant lie or just another example of his insanity. Quite frankly, Larsson not being available today is a good thing, a very good thing.

In defence, John O'Shea is expected to start after returning to Wearside after personal leave. Jason Denayer was one of the few good performers against Manchester United, so hopefully it will be Lamine Kone who misses out, but I doubt it. Billy Jones and Javi Manquillo will likely complete the defensive line up in front of Jordan Pickford.

In midfield, Larsson's absence is most likely to allow Moyes to revert to 4-3-3. Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong and Jack Rodwell are expected to make up the midfield three. Its also possible that, should Denayer miss out on a centre back spot, he will be the man to replace Seb if Moyes chose to stick, but that would involve one of the midfielders playing out of position.

Up top, Jermain Defoe will carry the burden of whether or not Sunderland score once more. Adnan Januzaj will start after missing out against his parent club, with Fabio Borini remaining on the bench - every cloud and all that. Victor Anichebe will complete the line up.

Expected line up;
Pickford, O'Shea, Kone, Jones, Manquillo, Cattermole, Rodwell, Ndong, Januzaj, Anichebe, Defoe.

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