Initial optimism on Wearside surrounding Gus Poyet’s appointment has given way to realism, as the Black Cats are yet to win in the league this month.
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The former Celtic man has scored four vital goals in the Canaries’ last six Premier League games.
Geographically, this is the widest east-west fixture ever to feature in the English top-flight and goals are on the menu.
The Canaries have waded through a horrible fixture list and can now kick on.
Expect a sting in the tail at the Hawthorns, where there have been eight late goals in seven league games this term.
The Reds have won by at least three goals in each of the sides’ past three meetings.
Recent history suggests the Eagles will find it fiendishly tricky to follow up their Hull victory with another win.
Many will think a Geordie win is among the weekend’s biggest formalities, but we’re not so sure.