Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion go toe-to-toe in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off with both sides needing the points for very different reasons. Here, we bring you all the latest odds for the game.
Sunderland’s away victory at Fulham last weekend was just what the doctor ordered for boss Martin O’Neill, whose side had only taken nine points from a possible 30 before their trip to west-London.
They have only lost three games this season but their constant inability to turn draws into wins has left them languishing down at the wrong end of the table. A failure to arrest this slump of form could turn the fan base against O’Neill and they will be looking for their side to step up to the plate this weekend against the Baggies.
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The Black Cats are 13/10 with Paddy Power to continue their winning streak. In terms of value, that doesn’t make too much appeal due to the fact that it’s hard to be sure they have turned the corner after last week’s 3-1 win at Craven Cottage.
O’Neill’s side were second best in the game until Brede Hangeland was sent off mid-way through the first-half and from then on Sunderland took control, with goals from Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon and Carlos Cuellar.
Plus, Sunderland have won just one of their last eight Premier League games at the Stadium of Light.
Meanwhile, things couldn’t have gone much better for new Baggies boss Steve Clarke this season. West Brom currently sit fourth in the Premier League after beating Chelsea 2-1 last weekend, and are only five points off top-spot.
Dreams of Champion League qualification have been played down by Clarke in the last few weeks, but if they keep playing to this level, a top six finish should be well within their capabilities.
It’s fair to say they do perform to higher standard away from home, winning six out of seven games, in comparison to their away form, where they have only picked up five points from a possible 15 and only scored five goals in that period.
West Brom have won just two of their last 11 Premier League away games, but earned all three points in their last road trip to Wigan. Also, it could be worth considering that West Brom have won four and lost none of the last five Premier League matches against Sunderland.
Despite their position at the top of the Premier League, it’s hard to describe them as a reliable betting proposition and the 15/8 with Bet365, which in fairness has been well-backed, doesn’t really make too much appeal.
The draw, which can be gobbled up at 12/5 with Paddy Power, makes far more sense from a value perspective with both sides likely to settle for a share of the spoils. The 1-1, especially, at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, looks a play to consider.
The home fans have only seen six goals in four games this season at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland’s strike force has rather flattered to deceive. That, in fairness, is a little harsh on Fletcher, who has bagged six of Sunderland’s goals in the Premier League this season.
He is fast becoming one of the hottest strikers in the league and has scored three goals in two Premier League appearances against the Baggies. He looks a very sound bet to score first at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
There have been four goals scored inside the opening 10 minutes of the last three Premier League meetings between Sunderland and West Brom.
For those who like betting on the timing of the first goals could well be tempted with the 7/2 on offer from Bet365 about the opening goal coming in the first 10 minutes.