Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion tips: No respite for struggling Black Cats
Back the Baggies to seal the three points at the Stadium of Light
September 30th, 2016
Sunderland had earned for themselves a solitary point in their opening five games up to last weekend, however they looked to have clinched their first win of the season after going 2-0 up against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon with just thirty minutes left to play.
Much can happen in half an hour however and so it proved with the Eagles managing to claw their way back onto level terms through goals from Ledley and McArthur, then clinching the three points in the dying seconds thanks to a goal from Christian Benteke – who else? – in the fourth minute of added time.
This defeat leaves Sunderland floundering at the foot of the Premier League table and it would be a very brave man who would bet against them falling into the Championship at the end of 2016/17.
What will this weekend bring? More misery or a respite from what has otherwise been an utterly dismal season for the long-suffering Sunderland supporters? We believe that it will be the former, however the bookies are a bit more optimistic and make the hosts slight favourites at 6/4 to seal the three points this weekend.
Indeed, West Bromwich Albion haven’e exactly been setting the Premier League alight this season although they do sit in the top half of the table, no mean achievement for a side which many were expecting to struggle from the outset.
The Baggies have enjoyed two wins and two draws from their six top-flight outings so far and they will be confident of managing a third victory when they head to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, the hosts are in dire straits and morale will be low in the home camp, therefore an away win looks the most likely outcome of this match.
At odds of 23/10 with BetVictor for a West Brom win, the visitors are very well priced and worthy of a punt, however even better value can be had by backing them to win-to-nil against a Sunderland side which are looking doomed, even at this early stage of the campaign.