Sunderland v Fulham: One for the purists

Sunderland have failed to score against Fulham in each of their last four meetings

Neither of these two teams can say that they are happy with their start to the season. However, both are starting to pick things and will each go into this game looking for three points.

Locked together on 10 points from 11 games played a win for either side could catapult them into the top half while defeat could consign the losers to a position in the relegation zone. Both Steve Bruce and Martin Jol believe that they are heading in the right direction. At least one of them will be required to deflect further criticism after this game.

Sunderland are without top scorer and set-piece specialist Sebastian Larsson, who is suspended following an accumulation of yellow cards. Connor Wickham is out for 4-6 weeks following a knee injury suffered at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, which means Bruce must decide between starting Ji Dong-Won and reverting to a 4-5-1.

Stephen Kelly is unavailable for the visitors following a groin injury when on international duty. Steve Sidwell could, however, return to the side.

In a game that has traditionally seen very few goals I’d be tempted to back the home side at odds of 11/8. However, there is better value to be had in the goals betting markets.

Sunderland have failed to score against Fulham in each of their last four meetings while five of the last six head-to-heads have seen no more than one goal. We’ll go with the 4/6 that Boylesports offer on there being fewer than 2.5 goals in the game and expect more of the same in what could be a nervy affair.

Recommended Bet:

Back Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6 with Boylesports

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 18/11/2011 - 16:21 PM
Filed in:- Crystal Palace Betting News, Crystal Palace, Southampton

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