Sunday’s Premier League previews
It's a real relegation battle at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland (11/10) take on Norwich (11/4, draw 21/10).
A few weeks ago this would've been a match between two mid-table teams, but both sides have suffered alarming slumps in form and with others around them picking up points the importance of victory here is massive.
The Black Cats' bad run of results has been compounded by their arch rivals Newcastle finding form; and with the big derby match fast approaching the last thing the Mackems want is to be looking over their shoulder.
A major issue all season for Martin O'Neill has been goals; only twice in the last eight matches have Sunderland managed to score more than once, but at least they are starting to take some of the workload off Steven Fletcher (4/1 FGS) as the likes of Stephane Sessegnon (7/1) and Craig Gardner (11/1) have chipped in with a few recently.
The Scot is still their main source of goals though and that's who we've based our offer around - we go 3/1 from 7/4 that the former Wolves man strikes in a home win, for Norwich we've enhanced Grant Holt scoring in a Canaries win from 5/1 to 9/1.
Unlike fellow bottom half side Newcastle, neither team has managed to work any magic in the transfer window; Sunderland brought in Danny Graham (6/1) from Swansea but he's not managed to find the net in five games.
Norwich signed a couple of strikers, Luciano Becchio (9/1) arrived from Leeds (who else) but hasn't managed to find the net in five games while they also signed Kei Kamara (9/1) on loan but he has managed to at least score once so far.
It means the burden still remains at Grant Holt's (15/2) feet, or head, and the one-time England hopeful has struggled with that pressure having only scored five goals all season.
With both sides struggling so much for goals I can see this being a low-scoring affair, but I think Sunderland will edge it - Sunderland win and under 2.5 goals is a 16/5 chance.
In our new Match Result and BTTS market we go 10/3 Sunderland win and 8/1 on Norwich.
Wigan (13/10) and Newcastle (23/10, draw 21/10) might be making waves in the cup competitions this season, but both have work to do, especially the hosts, if they're to maintain their Premier League status for next season.
The Latics don't want to follow the same path that Birmingham have done by playing in Europe as a Championship team, but at the minute both of those scenarios are looking very likely.
Historically, Roberto Martinez's men finish the season strongly but with only one win in their last eight league fixtures they really need to find that form quickly or they will be in serious trouble.
Even a win against the much improved Toon won't lift them out of the bottom three after Aston Villa's win over QPR, but it is so tight down there that a few wins in a row could get them well away from trouble as only four points separate Stoke in 10th and Athletic in 18th.
Newcastle on the other hand will probably start to feel like they're safe after a great run in the second half of the season, although they still have only won once away from home this campaign so they will want to put that right by the time the season's out.
I don't think it will happen at the DW, despite Wigan's awful home form, both teams have played a lot of football recently and I think it could be a scrappy affair - under 2.5 goals looks a good bet at 21/20.
The Latics have the worst home record in the top five English divisions, but then they looked impressive when winning at Everton in the FA Cup so who knows which team will turn up!
If Arouna Kone (5/1) finds form then they'll have a great shout, but Newcastle's defence has been resolute recently so chances could be at a premium.
The Ivorian is who we base our offer around for the hosts - we go 7/2 from 23/10 that he scores in a home win, for the Geordies we've boosted Papiss Cisse (13/2) scoring in an away victory from 19/5.
The Match Result and BTTS prices are Wigan 3/1 and Newcastle 4/1, my money would be going on the draw though with 1-1 available at 13/2 and for an outside bet how about Yohan Cabaye (12/1) to score first in a 1-1 draw at 105/1, it's almost certain to be a French player that scores so why not go for the talented midfielder!