Low-scoring affair the only way to go for Sunderland v West Brom


It’s unlikely to be a major contender for top billing on Match Of The Day, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to take some joy out of Sunderland’s home tie with West Brom.

The Baggies sit bang on mid-table in tenth, winning only two of their six games so far, while David Moyes’ side sit plum bottom, winless.

And with the last three meetings between the sides seeing a grand total of one goal scored, unfortunately we just can’t forsee a thriller at the Stadium of Light.

Furthermore, aside from West Brom’s four goals against the defensively hapless West Ham, Tony Pulis’ men have scored just three times this term.

And despite Sunderland conceding 12 times already, we reckon this might be a somewhat drab affair.

Two of the last three clashes have ended 0-0 too, and a repeat looks very appealing at 7/1.

Under 2.5 goals meanwhile – which has paid out in four of West Brom’s games – is 8/13.

The Baggies have only won two of their last seven visits to Wearside, but with Sunderland losing all three home games so far, a draw looks well worth backing at 11/5.

If you do fancy one side to nick it, Sunderland are marginal favourites at 7/5, with the Black Country outfit priced at 9/4.

After putting his side 2-0 up last weekend, before crumbling to Crystal Palace, Jermain Defoe is 4/1 to open the scoring for the second weekend in a row.

The ex-Tottenham man is 8/5 to net anytime, while West Brom’s Salomon Rondon is 11/2 first goalscorer and 2/1 anytime.

But with five of the last six meetings between these times seeing only one side find the net, it’s possibly worth swerving Both Teams to Score at 10/11 for one or both teams to fire a blank at a steady 17/20.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing