After both sides recorded good wins in their last game Adam Bate is struggling to split the Black Cats and the Baggies. He is backing a draw at The Hawthorns
While Sunderland’s upturn in fortunes under Martin O’Neill continued with a comprehensive win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, West Brom come into this one having demolished local rivals Wolves 5-1 at Molineux.
West Brom’s form on the road has been phenomenal but there are issues for Roy Hodgson to address at home. Only the Manchester clubs have picked up more points than the Baggies on their travels but no team has fewer points in front of their own fans.
Albion can be backed to begin amending that by beating Sunderland at 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill.
That will be quite a challenge against this resurgent Sunderland team. After earning just 21 points in 27 games under Steve Bruce, O’Neill’s Black Cats have topped that tally in less than half the matches.
Sunderland are a vastly improved side on their travels having won three out of five away from home under their new boss and are a 2/1 (3.0) shot to beat the Baggies. The draw is available with William Hill at 9/4 (3.25).
Peter Odemwingie comes into this one after bagging a hat-trick against Wolves despite being fielded in unfamiliar right-wing role. Ten of Odemwingie’s 22 goals for West Brom have been the first of the game and he is an 11/2 (6.5) shot with William Hill to grab his 11th against Sunderland.
Stephane Sessegnon has four second-half strikes to his name in the Premier League this season and also had the last word against Middlesbrough in an FA Cup replay earlier this month. Sessegnon is a 13/2 (7.5) pick to be the last goalscorer.
Sunderland’s taste for late goals, coupled with West Brom’s stronger starts, informs our look at the other markets in this one.
Only Manchester United have scored more goals than Sunderland in the last 15 minutes and that will give O’Neill’s men heart even if things do not go their way in the early stages. William Hill are offering a price of 14/1 (15.0) for West Brom/draw in the half-time/full-time market.
That’s a tempter given the habits of these two sides and is the Value Bet for this one – not least because it is hard to separate the teams. A draw is a real possibility and at 9/4 (3.25) is the Bet of the Day.
Bet of the Day
|Draw at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill
||West Brom HT/Draw FT at 14/1 (15.0) with William Hill
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