Sunderland will be aiming to record a first win over West Ham United since January 2013 when the two sides meet at the London Stadium on Saturday.
The Hammers have enjoyed a good record against the Black Cats in recent meetings, having taken 12 points from the last six encounters between the sides.
Last season, Michail Antonio’s strike after half an hour was enough to give West Ham a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the two teams’ last ever meeting at the Boleyn Ground.
Earlier in the campaign the Hammers fought back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at the Stadium of Light.
Goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens had given the hosts a two-goal advantage within 25 minutes, but Carl Jenkinson’s strike in first-half added time offered West Ham hope, before Dimitri Payet’s effort on the hour brought the sides level.
Sunderland’s last win over West Ham came almost four years thanks to a 3-0 victory at the Stadium of Light against a Hammers side managed by future Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce.
Slaven Bilic’s side head into Saturday’s match on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, while Sunderland will aim to bounce back from last week’s 2-0 defeat against Stoke City.
West Ham will be aiming to put daylight between themselves and the teams in the relegation zone, while victory would provide a huge boost to the Black Cats’ hopes of clawing their way out of danger in the weeks ahead.