Baggies to bounce the Black Cats - Betting Preview
Sunderland v West Brom - 12:45 live on Sky Sports 2
Sunderland will be hoping that they have turned a corner following the win at Fulham which saw them hit the back of the net three times. They host West Brom in the Premier League's early kick off as they look to improve their miserable record in front of their home fans against a side that have enjoyed plenty of recent success against them.
Sunderland (6/4) won at Craven Cottage for what was just their second win from eighteen games, their home record is equally poor (one win in nine) and they will need to show the same attacking instincts they showed against Fulham if they expect to take anything from the high flying and buoyant Baggies.
Aside from last week's attacking outburst Sunderland's struggles in front of goal have hardly been a secret, they have only scored five goals in their last eight home games and in fact 30% of their goals this season all came within 20 minutes at Craven Cottage. The key for them has to be finding away to be a consistent threat, Steven Fletcher (9/2 First/Last, 6/5 Anytime) has been able to find the net but with a lack of support he's getting starved. The likes of Adam Johnson (9/2 First/Last, 6/5 Anytime) and Stephane Sessegnon (9/2 First/Last, 6/5 Anytime) really need to step it up for them to be successful.
Martin O'Neill has admitted to having injury doubts ahead of the Baggies visit but has publically declined to name who they are, expect the team to be as similar as possible the one that picked up all three points at Fulham.
West Brom (9/5, Draw 11/5) head to the Stadium of Light aiming to win a fourth consecutive top-flight league game for the first time since 1980. Despite their lofty position they do have a modest away record which has seen them win just two of eleven, however one of those was their last away fixture - a 2-1 win at Wigan. They have been able to get the better of Sunderland winning four of the last five, including a 4-0 thumping back in February when the Black Cats were above them in the league. They key has been able to start quickly, they have scored three times in the opening 10 minutes of the last three games (1st goal 1st-15th minute is 2/1 and West Brom to score first 11/10).
The Baggies have only a few doubts ahead of the trip, Boaz Myhill will be in net again as Ben Foster misses a third game due to a groin injury while Youssouf Mulumbu is out with a sore hamstring. They can welcome back Gareth McAuley and on-loan Romelu Lukaku (7/1 First/Last, 2/1 Anytime) but one player to keep an eye on is Peter Odemwingie (7/1 First/Last, 2/1 Anytime), he loves facing Sunderland after putting four past them in four games and the 2/1 on him anytime is massive.
This should be a win for the Baggies and see them bounce Chelsea out of third in the Premier League, even if it only lasts a day. They have been impressive this season and that can continue as they inflict more misery upon Sunderland's suffering fans. Sunderland 4 games at home have produced just 6 goals making this a solid shout for under 2.5 goals at 10/11. I expect West Brom to win this at a squeak and so Draw/West Brom (5/1) and the correct the scores of 1-0 (17/2) and 2-0 (14/1) hold the most appeal and best value.
We have our enhanced anytime wincast offering too with Steven Fletcher scoring in a Sunderland win boosted from 11/5 to 3/1 and on the flip side we have Shane Long to score in a West Brom win enhanced to 4/1 from 10/3.
Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11
Peter Odemwingie anytime @ 2/1
Worth a punt:
1st goal - 1st to 15th minute @ 2/1
West Brom 2-0 @ 14/1