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Nic Ladds 26th Sep 2009 - 10:04

Bent able to tame Wolves all by himself

To the delight of viewers it looks like goals will be the order of the day as 7/10 chances Sunderland entertain 9/2 outsiders Wolves.

Nearly all the stats point to a goal glut which will have regular over two match goals backers piling in at generous looking odds of 10/11.

In the past six meetings between these two sides, neither has kept a clean sheet which brings in to play the 'yes' option at 5/6 in the both teams to score market and this likely outcome is enhanced further when you consider Sunderland have kept one clean sheet in eight Premier League games while Wolves have kept two clean sheets in 17.

Steve Bruce will be desperate for his side to take three points from this game as their October fixture list sees them face Manchester United and Liverpool meaning picking up points in games like this is key to keep their momentum going and even a draw at 12/5 probably won't suffice.

Mick McCarthy meanwhile will be hoping that Wolves can build on last week's win against Fulham in which record signing Kevin Doyle opened the scoring and is 8/1 to do so again along with the returning Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and Stefan Maierhofer.

For a first goal scorer though, punters may not want to look further than the on-fire Darren Bent who has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts and will be popular at 9/2 to open the scoring but 7/1 about him scoring two or more could be the bet against a shaky Wolves defence.

For a correct score if we stay with the train of thought that both sides are going to score then 3-1 to Sunderland at 11/1 or even 3-2 at 25/1 look reasonable bets  with a more conservative 2-1 13/2 and 1-1 is available at 11/2.

Wolves will take heart from the fact that the Black Cats lost to Burnley last time but as Man Utd and Everton have both found out, Turf Moor is a tough place to go and now back at The Stadium Of Light, the home side look capable of cruising to victory making the 7/4 about Sunderland/Sunderland double result look a decent wager with draw/Sunderland at 3/1 if Wolves prove harder to sweep aside.

It is interesting to note that all four of Wolves' five league goals have all come from set-pieces while six of the nine goals Sunderland have conceded have come from corners, penalties and a throw ins meaning a speculative bet on a penalty awarded and scored at 3/1 could be worth a flutter, but ultimately whoever copes with the set-piece threat best could come out on top.

After last week's blip, Sunderland should be able to get back on track with a decent win against their Midlands opponents and it would be foolish to shy away from backing Bent to be on the score sheet with the striker looking in scintillating form, he can delight in front of his own fans once again.

Sunderland to win 3-1 - 11/1

To score two or more - Darren Bent 7/1


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