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P.J. Murray 25th Sep 2011 - 14:06

Bruce won't sing a Canary win

Steve Bruce once lamented the demise of Norwich City after his Sunderland side beat them 4-1 in the Cup, now he will have to fear his former side.

The Canaries were a League One side then, having just appointed Paul Lambert as manager, now they are looking to re-establish themselves as a Premier League side.

Both sides come into this game looking for back-to-back league wins, Sunderland's 4-0 demolition of Stoke saw them record their first win of the season. Norwich beat Bolton to record their first top flight win this season.

Sunderland (9/5) may have only had one win this season, but it shouldn't be overlooked that the Black Cats have held Liverpool to a draw, however they failed to beat the other Premier League newbies, Swansea.

Norwich (8/5) dropped Grant Holt last week as Paul Lambert showed he wasn't afraid to mix things up and it worked, but the big centre forward should be re-instated this week and he will be pitted against Titus Bramble in what should be an exciting battle.

One unnerving statistic hanging over the home side is their ability to concede spot kicks, they have managed to equal Wimbledon's record from 1999 as they gave away five spot kicks in their first five games. We are offering an enhanced match winner offer that they concede yet another spot kick at 7/1 from 11/2.

Norwich's ability to produce entertaining yet unpredictable football will see many a neutral don they yellow and green when they are playing, but Sunderland have established themselves in the Prem with a more consistent and solid brand of football. The Northerners have ground out results and do the simple things correctly and despite the loss of Gyan, Bruce believes he has the best team at his disposal.

Steve Bruce puts little importance on tactics and more emphasis on players and if they are to gain their second league win the likes of Connor Wickham will have to step up to the mark. Since his £8.1m move from Ipswich the English youth International has only been limited to substitute appearances with the manager refusing to rush his development. The teenager is 8/1 to score first and 11/4 to score at anytime.

Self confessed 'best player in the world' Niklas Bendtner is the replacement for Gyan is set to make his first start for the manager who tutored him when he was 18. Bruce has said that the former Arsenal striker will help fans forget the want away Gyan and he could start by scoring first at 13/2.

Steve Morrison held the line on his own against Bolton, something which should keep him in the Norwich lineup and the big forward is 6/1 to bag the opener. You can also back him at 7/4 to hit the back of the net anytime.

Norwich have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season, both teams to score at 3/4 seems a bit short, but  could be a good investment as there is potential for goals. Sunderland to score in both halves at 3/1 seems like a good shout also.

It 's hard to pick either side as this has the look of an entertaining score draw, 1-1 correct score being 6/1. But if either side are going to take something from this clash then i would opt for the more experienced Sunderland and I'd like to play it safe with Sunderland draw no bet at 21/20.


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