Seb Larsson suspended for hosts after failing in FA appeal while Michail Antonio out for the season for visitors


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All you need to know ahead of the Hammers’ visit to David Moyes’ bottom-placed Black Cats

SUNERLAND are without Seb Larsson for their must-win clash against West Ham after the FA rejected his red-card appeal.

The Black Cats star was sent off against Manchester United on Sunday for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

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Sunderland must do without the suspended Seb Larsson against West Ham on Saturday

He must now serve a three-game ban.

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West Ham’s biggest casualty is Michail Antonio, who has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.

The England ace limped off against Swansea on Saturday and will now sit out the remaining six Premier League games.

Here’s all you need to know about the match . . .

Sunderland man Sebastian Larsson is sent off against Manchester United

What is the latest Sunderland and West Ham team news?

SEB LARSSON and Bryan Oviedo are both missing for the hosts.

Larsson’s unsuccessful appeal to the FA means he must miss three games.

Oviedo was forced off against Manchester United with a crock and remains out.

Antonio is joined by Mark Noble and Winston Reid on the sidelines for West Ham.

Captain Noble picked up his tenth yellow card of the campaign against Swansea and is suspended.

Aaron Cresswell faces a late fitness test, while Reid is out with a groin strain.

West Ham ace Michail Antonio has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury

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West Ham ace Michail Antonio has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury

Likely Sunderland team: Pickford, Jones, Kone, Denayer, Manquillo, Cattermole, Ndong, Rodwell, Khazri, Defoe, Anichebe

Likely West Ham team: Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Feghouli, Kouyate, Lanzini, Calleri, Ayew

What TV channel is Sunderland vs West Ham?

THE match will not be shown live on TV.

You can listen to live radio coverage on BBC Radio London from 3pm, or alternatively, follow all the action and goals as they fly in on our live blog from 2.30pm.

When does Sunderland vs West Ham kick off?

SUNDERLAND vs West Ham kicks off at the Stadium of Light at 3pm on Saturday, April 15.

Form table:

Sunderland: LLLDL

West Ham: WLLLL

SunSport prediction: 0-0 draw. Sunderland ought to capitalise on West Ham’s poor form, but their own is worse.

Fact me

  • Sunderland are winless in their last seven league games against West Ham (D3 L4), with the last two finishing 1-0 to the Hammers.
  • However, West Ham haven’t done the league double against Sunderland since the 2008/09 campaign (under Gianfranco Zola).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored six goals in 15 Premier League games against his former club, but he’s yet to score against them in three appearances for Sunderland.
  • Sunderland have now gone seven successive Premier League games and 675 minutes without scoring. The Premier League record is currently held by Crystal Palace in 1994-95, who went nine consecutive games and 838 minutes without a goal.
  • On Saturday, it’ll be over three months since Sunderland scored a goal at home in the Premier League (January 14th) and they’ve now attempted 51 successive shots without scoring at the Stadium of Light.
  • West Ham have lost 16 Premier League matches this season, already twice the number they lost in the whole of last season (8).
  • Dimitri Payet (74) has still created 33 more goalscoring chances than any other West Ham United player in the Premier League this season (Lanzini – 41); despite playing his last game in the competition on January 2nd.
  • Since Slaven Bilic took over as West Ham manager, the Hammers have been given a league-high nine red cards in the competition (four in 2016-17, five in 2015-16).
  • West Ham (57) have conceded more Premier League goals than bottom of the league side Sunderland (56) this season. Only Swansea (67), Hull (64) and Bournemouth (59) have conceded more than these two teams.
  • On the day of this game, Sunderland will have spent 224 days in the relegation zone this season. The record for a single season is held by Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-00 (278 days) and if Sunderland remain in the bottom three between now and the end of the season they can only reach 261 days in 2016-17.

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