One team will feel hope after this opener at the Hawthorns, while the other will fear that predictions of relegation are more haunting and real, as the Baggies from West Brom and the Black Cats of Sunderland start their 2014/15 Premier League campaigns (watch live and online at 10 a.m. ET via Live Extra).
American striker Jozy Altidore begins his season on the bench for Sunderland.
New signings Chris Brunt and Andre Wisdom make the XI for West Brom, while Sunderland has a pair of new faces in Jack Rodwell and Patrick van Aanholt.
West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner, Dorrans, Berahino, Brunt, Anichebe
Subs: Myhill, Ideye, Davidson, O’Neil, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird
Sunderland: Mannone, Roberge, van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher
Subs: Pantilimon, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Mavrias, Graham, Buckley