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Sunderland vs Everton: goals will be scarce at the Stadium of Light

| 26.12.2011

Sunderland and Everton both head into this game on the back of hard-fought midweek victories.

The Toffees toiled to a 1-0 victory over Swansea, while Martin O’Neill’s men bagged their second win in three games since the Northern Irishman took charge with a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.

With two teams in decent form everything is set for this to be a highly competitive game…

Match odds

Sunderland are the 6/5 favourites heading into this game and look rejuvenated under O’Neill.

However, Everton have a very decent record at the Stadium of Light and have not lost on their last five visits to the North East.

Moyes’ men have won six of their last eight games against the Black Cats and look tempting at 15/8 to bag all three points in this game – especially considering they have won all their away games against teams currently below them in the table this term.

If you fancy this to finish in a tentative draw though – as the last two meetings between the sides at Sunderland have – then that can be backed at 23/10.

Goal markets

Despite both teams seeming to struggle for goals this season, Everton have the 11th best away attack in the league and Sunderland the eighth best home attack.

However, just one of the previous five games between these sides has yielded more than two goals so backing under 2.5 goals looks worth a punt at 8/11.

Finally, Nicklas Bendtner was on the scoresheet for the Black Cats for just the third time this season in their 3-2 win over QPR in the week and he is currently 7/4 to get his fourth in this game at any point in the 90 minutes.



Richard Anderson