Opta Stats: Sunderland v West Ham United

Will it be smiles all round for West Ham when they face Sunderland?
Will it be smiles all round for West Ham when they face Sunderland?

Can West Ham keep their place in the top four this weekend when they face Sunderland? Opta gives their verdict.

"Stewart Downing has more Premier League assists this season (6 in 14 apps) than he managed in 65 games during his Liverpool career (5)."

Over 2.5 goals is 2.0621/20.

Adam Johnson has netted in two of his three Premier League appearances for Sunderland against West Ham. Johnson is 4.57/2 to score.

Kevin Nolan has scored six Barclays Premier League goals against Sunderland; only against Aston Villa (7) has he netted more often. Nolan is 5.04/1 to score.

The Hammers have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games against Sunderland. Sunderland are 3.55 to keep a clean sheet.

Diafra Sakho has scored four headed goals from just five headers on target in the Barclays Premier League this season. Sakho is 2.6213/8 to score.

Sakho has now scored seven times in his last eight Premier League appearances for West Ham. He is 6.511/2 to score the first goal.

Stewart Downing has more Premier League assists this season (6 in 14 apps) than he managed in 65 games during his Liverpool career (5). Over 2.5 goals is 2.0621/20.

27 points after 15 games is West Ham's best ever return in Premier League history. They are 16.015/1 to finish in the top four.

West Ham have 12 headed goals this season, twice as many as any other Premier League side. Andy Carroll is 2.757/4 to score.

Sunderland have been involved in five 0-0 draws this season in the Premier League; more than any other side. The 0-0 draw is 11.521/2.

The Black Cats have failed to find the back of net in seven of their last 11 Premier League games and three of their last four. West Ham are 3.45 to keep a clean sheet.

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