Sunderland head to West Brom as bookies’ underdogs

STEVEN FLETCHER ... the Sunderland striker is a 6/1 shot to score the first goal.
STEVEN FLETCHER ... the Sunderland striker is a 6/1 shot to score the first goal.

SUNDERLAND head to West Brom looking to arrest a run of three games without a victory.

However, the bookies expect Martin O’Neill’s troops to suffer a third straight defeat at the Hawthorns, where the Baggies are Ladbrokes’ 11/10 favourites.

Beaten once by Albion already this term, Stan James quote the Black Cats at 14/5 to gain revenge by picking up a maximum haul in the reverse fixture, while a respectable point for Sunderland is priced by bet365 at a generous 5/2.

Punters fancying the latter can obtain odds of 7/1 at BetVictor for the contest to finish one-each.

Meanwhile, Skybet post 4/1 against both halves ending all square and for travelling fans BetVictor price the Black Cats at 15/8 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

Bet365 assist O’Neill’s charges in the handicaps, giving them a goal start at 5/6.

However, travelling fans will be encouraged by the fact that the hosts’ victory at Liverpool last time out was their first in eight attempts, so they aren’t exactly in great form.

Subsequently, a 2-1 away triumph might catch the eye of a few supporters at odds of 11/1 courtesy of Paddy Power.

Alternatives for the Sunderland faithful include Stan James’s 7/1 for the Black Cats to come out on top after an inconclusive first half, and bet365’s 4/1 for O’Neill’s men to shade it by a one-goal margin.

A lack of goals has hindered Sunderland of late, but they are 11/8 (William Hill) to make light of that by breaking the deadlock in the Black Country.

Top scorer Steven Fletcher is a 6/1 shot via Stan James to bag that opener.

New boy Danny Graham is a slightly chunkier 17/2 (BetVictor), and Coral rate the Premier League clash at evens to produce three or more goals.

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