• West Bromwich Albion's last four opening day fixtures have produced 13 goals.
  • Gus Poyet will be the fourth different manager Sunderland have had on the opening weekend in the last four seasons and fifth in the last seven.
  • The home team has won each of the last three clashes between West Brom and Sunderland.
  • Stephane Sessegnon has scored in two of the last three league meetings between these two teams, once for each side.
  • Vito Mannone (77.4%) had the best save % of any goalkeeper in the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League.
  • Last season Sunderland became only the second team to be bottom on Christmas Day and avoid relegation (after WBA in 2004-05).
  • Sunderland claimed as many points in their final six games as Liverpool and Chelsea in 2013-14 (13).
  • No team won fewer games than West Brom in the 2013-14 Premier League season (seven, level with Cardiff).
  • West Brom took part in three of the six games to end 3-3 in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
  • If only away games had counted last season, Sunderland would have finished in the top half (10th).