Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson gives his predictions for the game and his thoughts on Advocaat's appointment:

I do not know where Dick Advocaat's appointment has come from really - if you had given me 100 guesses, I still would not have got it and I can see this being a Fulham situation all over again like with Felix Magath.

I know people have said that Advocaat has managed in Scotland before, but that is not the Premier League at all and I am really shocked by the news. I would have liked to see Kevin Ball get the job until the end of the season had they not gone first to get Sam Allardyce from West Ham, who is the manager they should have tried for.

I do not know why they did not offer Big Sam a three or four-year deal and seen what he said, as Allardyce would have definitely kept them up. And even if he did not, he would have brought them straight back up the next season, so it would have been worth the investment either way.

But I cannot see anything other than an easy 3-0 win for West Ham.

West Ham United v Sunderland, Sky Sports 1, Saturday 5.30pm

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