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Nic Ladds 18th Sep 2009 - 18:03

The price is right for Brucie to take three points

Sunderland are the latest team to be entertained at Turf Moor by the newly promoted Burnley and the 6/4 on offer about the Black Cats looks a price worth taking.

Burnley are a 13/8 chance on the strength of their home ground being a very difficult place for teams to go and get a result - just ask Alex Ferguson or David Moyes, who's Man Utd and Everton sides have both tasted defeat there this season.

Sunderland meanwhile are looking much improved this season and have already managed a victory away at Bolton which like Turf Moor is tough place to get a result so they have the tools to unlock the Burnley defence.

Darren Bent has been a revelation this season since his transfer from Tottenham, scoring four in his five starts so far this season and punters will not be shy about taking the 5/1 for him to score first or 5/4 to bag a goal anytime.

Andy Reid put in a superb performance last time and could well got on the scoresheet again at 5/1 anytime while Kenwyne Jones provides admirable support for Bent and is 13/2 to score first.

Burnley's main man Martin Paterson has had a quiet start to the season but will still be man Claret's fans pick for first goal scorer at 13/2, but Robbie Blake has looked a menace in every game as has Wade Elliot and the pair could be worth a wager to score anytime at 2/1 and 5/1 respectively, while the 3/1 about Paterson or Elliot to score first in the first goal scorers coupled market could attract some interest.

A fact that Burnley fans will be acutely aware of is that Sunderland are unbeaten in their last eight trips to Turf Moor and their last 14 games altogether against the Clarets, meaning that they could well be happy with a draw at 11/5.

While Turf Moor is clearly a tough place to go, Steve Bruce will be going there to win to keep up the momentum that has seen Sunderland propel themselves to ninth place in the Premier League.

It is likely to be tight though, with both Burnley's home wins being a 1-0 score line along with Sunderland's away win and the home side are 13/2 to record a 1-0 victory with the Black Cats 6/1 to do the same.

Going with the train of thought that this will be a tight game, it could take a while to open up and a half time draw at even money looks a fair bet while under 2 match goals at 9/5 is bound to have it's backers.

This won't be high scoring, and certainly won't be pretty but Sunderland look like they've got enough about them this season to grind out a victory here at a tasty price as well and it is hard to get away from Bent hitting the back of the net.

A possible saver on 0-0 at 7/1 is suggested for the overly cautious but a narrow Sunderland victory is favoured to make Burnley quickly realise that they are going to need to win some away games as Turf Moor is not quite the fortress they thought it was.


Sunderland to win - 6/4

Sunderland to win 1-0 - 6/1


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