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Sunderland v Villa: Hard to oppose draw or under 2.5 goals

| 02.11.2012

With Sunderland and Aston Villa both struggling immensely for Premier League victories, the draw is a fairly obvious call at the Stadium of Light.

Punters should certainly not be put off backing this outcome at 23/10, but Villa can also put one over former manager Martin O’Neill.

Therefore, there is some appeal in the draw no bet market, with Villa on offer at 13/8.

Both clubs are currently celebrating unwanted records of just a single win 16 Premier League games, but Villa will come into this with slightly more confidence.

Sunderland were not at the races in their midweek Capital One Cup defeat at home to Middlesbrough, while even though Villa required a stoppage-time winner to defeat League One Swindon, at least they were threatening.

Meanwhile, Villa’s past record at Sunderland is fairly good, with victories in half of their last six visits and just a solitary defeat.

The other appealing market is that the game features fewer than 2.5 goals, which has occurred in six of Sunderland’s fixtures this season and seven of Villa’s last nine in the top flight.

Sunderland’s problems in front of goal are well documented, with Steven Fletcher their only scorer in the Premier League thus far.

And even he is on a barren streak, going four games without finding the target.

Villa have only scored more than one goal once in the present campaign, but at least Christian Benteke is showing signs of adapting after his deadline-day arrival, with three goals in his last two appearances.

He may be the best option in the first scorer market and can be backed at 7/1.

For punters simply wanting to back a winner, Sunderland are 19/20 to collect the three points, with Villa 3/1 to seal a first away triumph in 14 attempts.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



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.