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West Ham v Sunderland: O’Neill’s wait for a victory to go on

| 21.09.2012

Sunderland are currently on the longest winless streak of any club in the Premier League and their wait for a victory is set to continue at Upton Park against West Ham.

Punters have to look back to a home victory over QPR in March to discover Sunderland’s last Premier League success, while the start of February was their last triumph on the road at Stoke.

It is 21/10 that Sunderland do triumph at West Ham, but the more likely outcome looks the 23/10 for the draw.

Sunderland have drawn all three of their Premier League outings thus far despite seemingly being second best on each occasion against Arsenal, Swansea and Liverpool.

They may be second best again in east London, with West Ham being especially strong at home thus far in winning each of their games on their own patch without conceding.

West Ham are 5/4 to make it three straight home wins and 11/4 to take another three points without conceding.

The fact that Sunderland have averaged the fewest shots per game of all the teams in the top flight so far this season adds further ammunition to the possibility of this occurring.

However, with Steven Fletcher in such good scoring form, Sunderland can secure a point.

Fletcher has three goals in just two league fixtures for Sunderland and is 6/4 to find the net at any time in the 90 minutes at Upton Park.

For West Ham, Andy Carroll is out and there are doubts over Carlton Cole, who is expected to feature despite a toe injury.

Perhaps the most interesting market on offer is which half will see the most goals.

It is 1/1 that it is the second half which is the most productive, despite neither team finding the target after the interval this season.

All seven goals between them have come in the first half of fixtures and as a result the 11/2 that the most goals are scored before the break looks too good to turn down.

All odds and markets correct as of publication



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.