My kingdom for a win!
Those may or may not have been the words of Sam Allardyce as his Sunderland team departed the visitors’ dressing room for their clash at Selhurst Park, although ninety minutes later and the players were celebrating a hard-fought victory against Crystal Palace.
Can the Black Cats follow up this win with another three points against Stoke City? Quite possibly, although BetVictor have chalked up the Wearside outfit at 23/10 (BetVictor) which means a £23 profit for every £10 staked at this price.
The Potters are on a decent run and Sky Bet make them 7/5 favourites to get over the line in this game.
Allardyce won’t be displeased with a draw (12/5 bet365) and perhaps we’re looking at a low-scoring draw between two teams not looking to give much away in defence. At least the Sunderland rearguard is now succeeding in stopping the opposition and Under 2.5 Goals looks nailed-on for this match at 4/6 (William Hill).
Ladbrokes offer 8/13 about Sunderland +1 goal and that means the avoidance of defeat means the winning of this bet! That man Jermain Defoe was on hand to capitalise on a Palace mistake to score the winner at Selhurst and he’s a 15/2 chance (William Hill) to get the home fans celebrating by breaking the deadlock.
Steven Fletcher is 13/2 (Winner) and will look to serve it up to a physical Stoke defence, with BetVictor offering 12/1 that Allardyce watches his team enjoy a 2-1 victory to suggest that Premier League survival is a possibility this season.
*Newcastle United fans are not too happy at the moment. Ten points from thirteen games is a measly return and it’s like John Carver never went away. It won’t stop them travelling in their thousands to Selhurst Park where the Magpies face a Crystal Palace side managed by the infamous Alan Pardew.
The Eagles are 3/4 (BetVictor) favourites to subject Newcastle to their latest defeat, although Steve McClaren and his players will take heart from the way Sunderland kept them at bay on Monday night before striking late in the game. United are 4/1 with bet365 to nick another away win after scrambling home against Bournemouth.
The draw is a 14/5 chance (Stan James) and McClaren will certainly have had his players working on defensive drills after shipping three goals at home to Leicester. Stan James offer 11/10 about Newcastle +1 goal if you think that the visitors can avoid defeat against a team who are struggling to score goals in front of their own fans.
Conor Wickham is likely to lead the Palace line and Newcastle fans won’t want to see the former Mackems striker break the deadlock at 4/1 (Sky Bet), with Aleksandar Mitrovic available at 8/1 (Winner) to potentially set the Magpies on their way to what would be a vital victory in their quest to get away from the relegation zone.
Even so, a 1-1 scoreline could be more realistic at odds of 6/1 (Ladbrokes), with Newcastle likely to employ the same tactics as their north-east rivals and frustrate Palace for the most part. Bet365 offer 16/1 if you think the Magpies can pull a rabbit out of the hat and win the game 2-1.
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