Despite a resilient performance, Sunderland emerged empty-handed from their home clash against Tottenham, and with only two points from their opening five matches, the Black Cats have been cut from 2/5 to a worryingly skinny 2/7 to be relegated to the Championship.
It’s early days of course, but Dick Advocaat’s men can’t afford to fall much further adrift of safety, so they could really do with a positive result at 16th-placed Bournemouth this weekend.
The Cherries however, are William Hill’s odds-on 8/11 jollies to pile more pressure on Sunderland by landing an already crucial maximum haul.
The Black Cats make the long journey to the south coast as 9/2 underdogs via bet365 and it’s 14/5 (Stan James) for the teams to take home a point apiece.
As outsiders, Advocaat’s charges benefit from a goal start at odds of 6/5 in Ladbrokes’s handicaps, Skybet quote the Wearsiders at 11/4 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market and for punters keen to keep the stalemate onside, Paddy Power price a score draw at 7/2.
Also potentially appealing to those expecting an inconclusive contest is bet365’s 7/1 for a 1-1 scoreline, a price made more attractive by the likelihood that the match will generate fewer than three goals (9/10, Winner.com), but the hosts have lost three of their opening five and are arguably there for the taking.
Supporters looking to the history books for answers will note that Sunderland have registered 1-0 victories on all three of their visits to Dean Court (the last coming in March 1990) and BetVictor make the Black Cats 16/1 to again grab the only goal.
Meanwhile, any triumph by one for the visitors is 6/1 (Stan James) and in attack bet365 chalk a tempting 8/1 against Jermain Defoe opening the scoring.