FT: West Ham 0 Sunderland 0. Sunderland will feel that they missed the chance to gain a vital three points after dominating large portions of the game. Hammers very toothless up front. Poor quality in truth.
McCartney's mishit cross almost catches Mannone out, but he gets back well to tip the ball over the top.
Four minutes of added time.
Carlton Cole almost gets on the end of a Maiga cross, but cannot connect properly and the ball goes wide.
Break for injury at the moment. Not sure either side has enough left to win this.
Morrison drives at the Sunderland backline, but his low strike is mishit, and flies harmlessly wide. Better from him.
Cattermole has been everywhere for the visitors today. Broke down anything the Hammers have thrown at the visitors.
Hammers trying route one now, but even that is easily gathered by Mannone. Running out of ideas at the moment.
Dossena comes on for Bardsley, who looks to have a knock.
SAVE! Ki is picked out in the penalty area, he twists and turns, makes space for a shot, but Jaaskelainen gets across to beat it away, just.
All Sunderland once more, with several crosses fired into the box, but are all cleared to safety. Brave defending from the Hammers.
Carlton Cole comes on as the home side go in search of the winner.
Double change for Sunderland. Altidore makes way for Fletcher, and Johnson comes on for Borini.
Fletcher getting ready to come on. He may add that clinical touch Sunderland need to snatch this.
Again, Sunderland waste an excellent opportunity, with the low cross hit too powerfully, and Borini can't control and it is cleared.
Celustka whips a ball into the box, but Borini falls to the ground, with faint appeals for a penalty waved away.
Morrison could be key for the Hammers, but he needs to find that key pass from the positions he has picked up.
Another counter from Sunderland, but Ki cannot pick out a man in the box, and another promising attack goes begging.
Again, Sunderland asking the question, with Altidore thwarted by Jaaskelainen from 18-yards. Quite comfortable again for the 'keeper.
Another chance for Sunderland. Giaccherini this time is wasteful, after some good build-up, firing wide from the edge of the box.
Demel, who seems to have a problem, makes way to be replaced by O'Brien.
Diame again the main threat, wriggling clear in the box, but slices his strike into the side-netting from the angle.
Collison comes on for the very ineffective Jarvis. Will go more centrally now.
Morrison finally has a decent West Ham effort at goal, but Mannone is equal to it, low to his right. Has had very little to do.
Some better build-up play from the home side at the moment, but Sunderland still standing firm so far.
Borini can't quite latch onto a long pass as Sunderlane re-exert their control on the game. Hammers have no answer at present.
Borini squares for Ki, who lays the ball off for Altidore but his powerful strike is blocked, and goes behind for a corner.
Demel sums up the Hammers' display so far. Does well to beat his man, but his delivery is poor, and goes out for a goal-kick.
Hammers come out in after the break with much more energy and impetus. Still struggling to maintain possession however.
We are underway in the second-half. Which way will this go? Fine poised.
Jack Shields wants a change: "We need Fletcher on in place of Borini. A genuine finisher will be enough to win us this game 1-0."
Mark Hopper knows the importance of the match: "Must win for the black cats today with Fulham and Palace losing!!!"
With the match evenly poised, West Ham are now 11/8 to snatch victory, with Sunderland 11/4, despite their better chances in the first-half. http://www.skybet.com/football/football-live/event/15992639
Keep your views coming in. Tweet me: @Pistolpeteh86. Which way is this going to go?
West Ham fans not happy. Wayne Banks feels action needs to be taken: "If West Ham don't win today, Allardyce out, he's had enough time saying hopefully it'll change when Carroll comes back."
HT: West Ham 0 Sunderland 0. Visitors very much the better side, with Bardsley's thunderous strike the pick of the Black Cats' attempts.
Cattermole thunders an effort at goal from distance, which is well saved by Jaaskelainen. Another attempt for the visitors.
One minute of added time. Another corner for the visitors. Great time to score...
Giaccherini tries to side-foot a loose ball into the net, which is deflected agonisingly wide. Jaaskelainen beaten.
Hammers struggling to create from good positions at the moment. Jarvis especially frustrating the home faithful.
Morrison dances his way to the edge of the box, with no Sunderland player trying to stop him, but cannot find that killer pass.
Two corners for the visitors as they build yet more pressure. Neither come to anything. Need to take advantage of their current control.
Visitors enjoying their best spell of possession stroking the ball around with ease in the middle of the park.
CROSSBAR! What a hit! From nowhere, Bardsley unleashes a ferocious effort from 30-yards, which beats Jaaskelainen, but cannons back off the bar.
Diame again showing his strength, bullying his way through, but his pass to Jarvis is slightly overhit, and the winger can't capitalise.
Decent shout for a Sunderland penalty, with McCartney all over Borini in the box, but corner given, much Sunderland's dismay.
Much to the home fans' frustration, after James Collins looked to have been fouled, Borini fires straight at Jaaskelainen with Altidore well-placed.
Diame is the main threat for the home side. Makes room for a shot from distance, and off-balance he fires way wide of the mark.
We have our first booking of the match, as Mark Noble is cautioned for a high tackle. Was very late into the challenge too.
Scrappy at the moment as fans get on the referee's back for not giving a foul for several robust challenges from the visitors.
BALL IN THE NET! However, referee Andre Marriner had already blown for a push by Diame. Correct decision from the official.
Nobles floats in a central free-kick, which Collins heads into the dangerzone, but the Black Cats' defence just manages to scramble it clear after several attempts.
A West Ham free-kick finds Wes Brown at the far post, but he is adjudged to be offside as he volleys the ball across goal.
Bardsley manages to find space on the left to get the cross into the box, but his pinpoint centre isn't capitalised upon, with the visitors slow to get bodies into the box.
West Ham Ben Walsh responds: "I'm feeling a West Ham win today! 2-0 morrison to grab the first and a james collins header in the second half! COYI."
Both goalkeepers seem to be struggling with their kicking so far. Jaaskelainen the latest to slice a clearance out of play under no pressure.
Sunderland looking solid so far. Celustka offering an excellent attacking outlet on the counter too.
Hammers starting to get their foot on the ball after being put under severe pressure by Sunderland.
We have a break in play due to an injury for both sides. A welcome break for the home side, with Sunderland very much in the ascendancy.
Still, we are yet to have a prediction for a Hammers' win, Chris Lacey adding to the Sunderland tipsters: " 1-0 Sunderland, Fletcher to come on and score. Think west ham will be unlucky after loss to Liverpool."
CHANCE! Altidore is in acres of space, with the Hammers defence attempting to play offside, but his low drive is tipped wide by Jaaskelainen. Really should have scored.
Diame again causing problems, drifting a cross into Maiga, whose header across goal just evades the outstretched leg of Jarvis.
Diame powers his way to the byline, brushing aside Celustka, finds Maiga, who lashes over the top under pressure.
Giaccherini finds himself in plenty of space, drives at the Hammers' backline, finds Ki, whose tame shot is easily saved.
Eimantas Juke is also predicting a Sunderland win: "Im going for a 4-1 win to Sunderland. Borini, Larsson, Altidore and Bardsley for Black Cats and Morrison for Hammers."
We are underway...
Today is Sam Allardyce's 100th league game in charge of West Ham, and few have been more crucial.
Our referee today is Andre Marriner.
The teams are in the tunnel...
Dean is similarly confident: "3-0 win for Sunderland, hopefully. West ham look weak."
John Spalding has faith in his men: "Hoping for a good performance with a win of 2-1 for Sunderland, Altidore double. Need the points dearly!"
Keep your thoughts coming in by Tweeting me: @Pistolpeteh86. Will air some shortly...
Subs: Dossena, Cabral, Gardner, Fletcher, Johnson, Roberge, Pickford.
Sunderland XI: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Cattermole, Ki, Larsson, Giaccherini, Borini, Altidore.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet makes three alterations from the side that lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham last weekend with Lee Cattermole, Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini replacing Jack Colback, Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Adrian, Rat, Collison, Taylor, O'Brien, Diarra, C.Cole
West Ham XI: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Tomkins, Jarvis, Maiga, Morrison, Noble, Collins, Demel, Diame, J.Cole.
Allardyce has recalled Ravel Morrison and Joe Cole. With Stewart Downing and Kevin Nolan ruled out through injury and suspension respectively, Allardyce brings back Morrison - himself returning from a ban - and Cole to the side.
The team news is in...
Then Tottenham survived a late penalty shout to leave the north east with all three points last time out.
Chelsea were almost dispatched at the Stadium of Light, but a spirited fightback was to no avail.
Since victory over title-chasing Manchester City, Poyet's side have picked up just one point from four games, despite some promising performances.
However, Sam Allardyce's men have won just two of their last 14 Premier League matches (W2 D4 L8).
In contrast, only Everton (8) have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than West Ham (7) this season.
And they have kept the fewest clean sheets in the top flight this season.
The Black Cats have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (37).
Gus Poyet will have his work cut out today. Sunderland have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (11).
However, Sunderland have won three and lost none of their last four Premier League games against West Ham.
The omens are good for the Hammers. They have won six of their last eight Premier League home games against Sunderland.
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