The defending against the two in-form strikers
The West Ham defenders must prevent Lukaku who will play through the middle from bullying them off the ball, if Lukaku gets too much time and space he will punish us.
Similarly, the Ivorian striker Arouna Kone, who scored a hat trick last weekend, will have to be retained.
It is quite likely that Kone might start on the wing and cut inside, if he does this, the full-backs and centre-backs will have to be aware of Kone’s positioning. Kone cannot be allowed to run at West Ham’s defence as that was something Sunderland struggled with.