Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that John Mensah is likely to start against West Ham having recovered from a shoulder injury . With long term injuries to Michael Turner and Titus Bramble , Mensah will again be partnered in the centre of defence by former Hammer Anton Ferdinand.
Sunderland will therefore probably start with the team that lost 3-2 at Wolves last weekend when poor defending saw them give two goals away in the last ten minutes .
Black Cat fans will be pleased to see David Meyler back in the squad after suffering a serious knee injury last season and the combative midfielder could get a start on the bench .
For West Ham midfielder Scott Parker is expected to play despite a recent chest infection but Kieron Dyer is doubtful with a hamstring injury .
West Ham have struggled in the Premier League in recent seasons and are joint bottom of the League going into today's fixture . However the Hammers will be buoyed by two wins in the last week against Wigan and Man Utd and an apparent return to form for key striker Carlton Cole .
This game finished 2-2 last season and with both teams having suspect defences there should be plenty of goalscoring opportunities today .
Sunderland are unbeaten at home this season and have only lost one Premier League game at the Stadium of Light in 2010 . They are good value at 10/11 with Bet365 to win the game but a standout bet at 4/11 with the same bookie in the draw no bet market .