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Sunderland vs West Ham – Visitors can maintain winning run

| 05.12.2010

West Ham may not have won back-to-back Premier League games in nine months, but there have been signs of late they have the capabilities of inflicting a first home defeat of the season on Sunderland.

Match Odds

On paper, the result should be easy to predict with Sunderland still to lose in the league at the Stadium of Light, while West Ham have not won on the road.

However, West Ham travel to Sunderland high on confidence despite currently sitting bottom in the Premier League standings.

The Hammers followed up on their recent league win over Wigan by beating Manchester United in the Carling Cup, which is also a competition where they have already secured a victory away to Sunderland this season.

West Ham’s betting odds are 10/3 to beat Steve Bruce’s team and continue their record of scoring in each of their last 15 away games against Sunderland in all competitions.

Sunderland are 5/6 to take the three points and claim a first victory over West Ham in two seasons.

Correct scoreline

The fact that West Ham have mustered seven goals in their last two games makes predicting a correct scoreline tough, particularly as Sunderland have only conceded five goals at home so far this season.

However, with both first-choice central defenders out West Ham could have some joy and they are 12/1 to win 2-1.

Furthermore, it may be worth simply taking the 14/1 that West Ham come from behind and win as Sunderland have already lost 11 points from winning positions this season.

Another potentially good betting opportunity could be the 8/11 that both teams find the target within the 90 minutes.

A £10 bet on Darren Bent scoring first for Sunderland but West Ham recovering to win 2-1 could lead to a return of £750. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.