West Ham v Sunderland: Black Cats know how to play under pressure says Slaven Bilić

David Moyes: 'Great manager'
David Moyes: 'Great manager'
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It's early to be talking six-pointers, but that is what we have here in the capital's Eastend.

The London Stadium is a magnificent arena for what could be a grim struggle between West Ham and Sunderland.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilić reckons as much, mentioning the Black Cats ability to negotiate their way out of the relegation area in his programme notes.

"Sunderland are not in a new position for them," he writes. "They have been here before recently so they know how to play under pressure.

"We have seen altready the Premier League can punish you if you are not at your best so we need to be at our best this afternoon."

West Ham kick off the day 15th, with Sunderland propping up the table in 20th.

Bilić has a high regard for opposite number, David Moyes, who he describes as a "great manager".

The former cental defender added: "It's a difficult job being a manger, you are depending on the last couple of results and if it drags on the you are under pressure.

"You can get out of that situation quickly with a few wins. David is a great manager and has been for a long time."

Bilić appears to be turning around matters at the London Stadium, though their record here is not favourable.

"We lost two early home games last season though we soon tuined our stadium into a fortress, so although we are in a new environment we need to repeat that," said the Croat who has picked up four points out of the last six to move out of the bottom three.

"It's our home and it's up to us to change the perception of it."