Sunderland - Aston Villa Betting Preview: Why backing goals at both ends could prove profitable for punters

The Stadium of Light has seen plenty of goals so far this season and our tipster is expecting drama at both ends when the Black Cats take on Paul Lambert's men
Sunderland and Aston Villa were forced to settle for a point from their respective weekend fixtures so both sides will be keen to make a winning start to 2014 when they clash at Stadium of Light on New Year’s Day.

The Black Cats roared back from 2-0 down in dramatic fashion to force a 2-2 draw against Cardiff City on Saturday evening and Gus Poyet will be eager to see his side follow up with victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Sunderland are chalked up as a 23/20 (2.15) chance with BetVictor to claim all three points from the New Year’s Day clash while Villa, who were held on home turf by Swansea City at the weekend, are available at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm to enjoy victory here. BetVictor go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in stalemate.

Both teams have found the target in no fewer than seven of Sunderland’s last nine home matches in all competitions and, therefore, there is value in backing the 20/23 (1.87) quote from BetVictor for both teams to score on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that more than three goals have been scored in six of Sunderland’s last eight Premier League matches at Stadium of Light while the visitors have scored in six of their nine league games on the road this season.

With that in mind, the 23/20 (2.15) quote from BetVictor for three or more goals to be scored here is sure to prove popular with punters on Wednesday afternoon.

Sunderland’s last Premier League home match ended 0-0 but, prior to that, the Black Cats have scored first in each of their previous five league matches on home soil while Villa have leaked the opening goal in three of their last four league games away from home.

Therefore, the 8/11 (1.73) quote from BetVictor for Poyet’s men to net the opening goal of the game looks to be a solid selection.

Better value, though, lies in backing both sides to find the net and the 20/23 (1.87) quote from BetVictor for both teams to score is the recommended play for punters here.

Both teams to score at 20/23 (1.87) 3pts stake with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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