Bookies favour a Sunderland and Stoke City draw

Connor Wickham lets fly against Swansea on Saturday. Picture by Corrina Atkinson
Connor Wickham lets fly against Swansea on Saturday. Picture by Corrina Atkinson
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Sunderland have shared the spoils in a remarkable five of their six Premier League outings while two of Stoke’s three travelling assignments have proven inconclusive.

So it won’t be surprising if punters, neutral ones in particular, flock to bet365’s stalemate quote of 11/5 as the two sides face-off at the Stadium of Light.

Neither team is particularly flush with goals so BetVictor’s unusually slender 13/2 about a goalless affair should also attract cash and as alternatives, betway rate a 1-1 scoreline at 11/2 or Stan James chalk 10/3 against both teams being level at the end of each half. price the Black Cats at 7/10 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and it’s 4/11 (Ladbrokes) for them to avoid defeat but supporters might be a touch more confident given that William Hill have installed Gus Poyet’s side as 8/5 favourites and BetVictor consider the Potters to be 21/10 underdogs.

Nevertheless, a tight affair seems inevitable, so a Sunderland triumph by one at 14/5 via Stan James isn’t without appeal and with goals potentially at a premium – a match tally lower than three is just 8/15 (bet365) – BetVictor mark 13/2 against a close, 1-0 Black Cats triumph.

Paddy Power offer enticing odds of 9/2 about Poyet’s troops securing the three points despite heading in for the half-time interval with scores level and 5/6 is the price for Sunderland to be the first of the two teams to get on the scoresheet.

That opener is 11/2 (Stan James) to come from Black Cats front man Connor Wickham, who is still chasing his first league goal of the season. Steven Fletcher meanwhile, made his return from the bench against Swansea a week ago and the Scot is 6/1 courtesy of Skybet to break the deadlock.

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