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Nobody—and I mean nobody—picked West Bromwich Albion to be anything other than a mediocre team this season, but a third of the way through the year, the Baggies sit in fourth position in the Premier League and are dreaming about a possible European berth.
Granted that dream is still months off, but the Baggies are playing excellent football and with a huge win over Chelsea last week, will take plenty of confidence into their fixture Saturday against Sunderland, where they can continue their remarkable start.
However, the Black Cats are no easy beats in the league, and certainly not at the Stadium of Light, where they are an incredibly tough team to break down.
Despite currently sitting 15th, Sunderland have only been beaten once at home this year and have taken points off Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan Athletic to date.
Will they stop Steve Clarke's men again this week or are the high-flying Baggies set to continue their phenomenal start to the Premier League season?