West Ham will look to take a significant step towards guaranteeing their Premier League survival by beating struggling Sunderland on Saturday.
The Hammers are in a position of relative safety following their 1-0 win over Swansea City but remain four points short of the 40-point target that will allow them to breathe easy.
For bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, the clock is ticking. The Black Cats have lost three in a row and could be relegated as soon as the weekend following this one.
|Game||Sunderland vs West Ham|
|Date||Saturday, April 15, 2017|
|Time||15:00 GMT, 10:00 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live as a result of the broadcasting blackout between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBC Premier League Extra and by stream via NBC Sports Live.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Premier League Extra||NBC Sports Live|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Pickford, Mannone, Mika|
|Defenders||Jones, O'Shea, Kone, Djilobodji, Love, Manquillo, Denayer, Lescott, Oviedo|
|Midfielders||Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Khazri, Januzaj, Pienaar, Gooch, Honeyman, Ndong, Gibson|
|Forwards||Borini, Defoe, Asoro, Anichebe|
Sunderland are without Jan Kirchhoff, Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair as well as Sebastian Larsson, who was sent off against Manchester United.
Bryan Oviedo, meanwhile, was substituted with a hamstring injury in the defeat to the Red Devils and is unlikely to be available.
Potential starting XI: Pickford; Jones, Kone, Denayer, Manquillo; Ndong, Cattermole, Rodwell; Borini, Defoe, Anichebe.
|Position||West Ham players|
|Defenders||Reid, Cresswell, Collins, Byram, Masuaku, Arbeloa, Fonte|
|Midfielders||Kouyate, Noble, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Fernandes, Lanzini, Snodgrass|
|Forwards||Carroll, Sakho, Ayew, Calleri, Fletcher|
West Ham will be without star player Michail Antonio for the rest of the season due to what Slaven Bilic described as a "significant" injury.
Pedro Obiang, Gokhan Tore and Angelo Ogbonna are also definitely out, while Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid are considered doubts. Sam Byram, however, should be fit to play despite leaving the stadium on crutches after the win over Swansea City and Andy Carroll is back in contention to start.
Potential starting XI: Randolph; Byram, Fonte, Collins, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini; Ayew, Carroll.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
West Ham are around 11/8 favourites to win away, according to Oddschecker, with Sunderland priced at 11/5 and the draw available at 5/2.
Jermain Defoe is the favourite to score first at 9/2, with West Ham strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho close behind at 5/1 and 13/2 respectively.
Both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes can be accused of overseeing underachieving teams this season, but both may yet get another crack at their respective jobs in 2017-18.
Moyes is the only manager of a club currently in the bottom five to have survived the full season and it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be gone when the Black Cats' inevitable relegation to the Championship is confirmed.
Instead, he could be tasked with overseeing the complete rebuilding job that is likely to folllow Sunderland's demotion to the second tier, with big earners kicked out wherever possible and young, hungry players given more prominent roles.
It would certainly help his case if he could draw something out of his team between now and the end of the season which restores at least a small amount of pride and hope for a better future, and there is really no reason at this point to stick with the same underperforming veterans anyway.
Bilic, meanwhile, is not as popular as he was among West Ham fans when he took the job in 2015 and will be on a short leash next season - start badly, and the Croatian could pay the price.
He has talent at his disposal in the likes of Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini, however, and the key to improvement will be a better summer. Too many players signed ahead of the current campaign have failed to make an impact.