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P.J. Murray 31st Jan 2012 - 12:05

Sunderland + Norwich = Goals

Two over-performing sides meet at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to extend their unbeaten record at home to six games.

A win for Sunderland would see them swap positions with Norwich as they trail the newly promoted side by two points.

The similarity between both sides is the two men who straddle the sidelines. Martin O'Neill has come into Sunderland and completely reversed the fortunes of the club, while Paul Lambert has worked miracles with a distinctly average squad.

Since Martin O'Neill was appointed, Sunderland have picked up 16 points; only Manchester United (18) have picked up more in that time.

The Canaries were expected to possibly struggle in the Top flight, but under the guidance of Lambert they have exuded a confidence and played without fear in the face of some real adversity and as such are a top 10 side in the Premier League.

Sunderland, defensively, at home have been very solid. In their run of five games unbeaten they have not only kept a clean sheet against Man City, but they haven't conceded more than two goals at the Stadium of Light.

Norwich beat Sunderland 2-1 earlier in the season when the sides met at Carrow Road, but the team they will face on Wednesday will be much different. The home side are slight odds on favourites at 17/20 but maybe the value is with the visitors at 7/2.

The Canaries booked their place in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup at the weekend with an away with at the Hawthorns and their record away from home this season hasn't been the worst. They have only won three times away from home, but they have had four draws as well. Backing Norwich or Draw double chance at 10/11 might be worthwhile.

It's also worth noting that Simeon Jackson's winner against West Brom was the eight time a sub has scored for Norwich all season.

Fraizer Campbell made a dream return to first team football after 18 months on the sideline with a goal against Boro at the weekend in the FA Cup. He may not start against Norwich, but he will most likely make an appearance at some point and we are offering 15/8 that he scores at anytime in the 90 minutes.

Norwich have not been lacking in goals, Steve Morison, has hit the net eight times in the league, but only once has he opened the scoring in a game. Grant Holt has a similar record and they are both 9/4 to score anytime.

One thing that is certain, neither side will be afraid to attack, Norwich's style has seen them keep only one clean sheet all season, this coming in a recent 0-0 draw with Chelsea at The Bridge Carrow Road. Both teams to score at 8/11 might be a bit short, but it's a 90% certainty that it will happen.

Over 2.5 goals at 10/11 seems like a generous bet, but we are giving some real value in this game with an generous match winner offer. We have enhanced the price of four or more goals to be scored from 9/4 to 5/2. Sunderland have a habit of conceding early goals and at 21/10 you can back a goal up to and including the 15th minute.


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