SUNDERLAND are winless in five, but enjoy home advantage against in-form West Ham and those two factors account for the fact that bookies are having trouble separating the two teams.
BetVictor chalk the Black Cats up at 7/4 to return to victorious ways, Skybet post identical odds of 7/4 against the Hammers heading back to East London with a maximum haul and it’s 12/5 (Stan James) for the Stadium of Light clash to finish all square.
As the pair are equal in terms of odds and Gus Poyet’s troops come into the contest on the back of four stalemates in five, Paddy Power’s 1-1 quote of 11/2 is set to attract cash, alongside bet365’s 10/3 about any score draw.
Winner.com meanwhile, quote 4/1 for the sides to be inseparable, Sunderland are 5/11 (Ladbrokes) to avoid defeat and in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, the Black Cats are 10/11 courtesy of William Hill.
The visitors however, tend to be a touch patchy on the road, despite their recent rise up the table and as Poyet’s side are on home soil; that might offer encouragement to their backers.
Those punters may be tempted by a Sunderland success by one (18/5, BetVictor), bet365 offer 10/1 about a 2-1 triumph for the hosts and it’s 21/4 at Stan James for the Black Cats to shade it on the back of an inconclusive first half.
Where goals are concerned, BetVictor quote the clash at 21/20 to produce three or more and it’s 8/11 (Stan James) for both teams to contribute to the tally.
The first is 11/10 with bet365 to come from one of Poyet’s players and betway make Steven Fletcher a hefty 11/2 to be responsible for the contest’s opener.