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Sunderland hero Di Canio 20/1 to be immortalised at Stadium of Light

| 18.04.2013

After steering Sunderland to a 3-0 victory at the home of their biggest rivals Newcastle, Paolo Di Canio has become an instant hero of Black Cats supporters.

As such, Ladbrokes offer punters the chance to bet on just how highly he is thought of on Wearside, with 20/1 the price that a Stadium of Light statue of the Italian is erected in 2013.

Punters can alternatively have 50/1 odds that Di Canio is given the freedom of Sunderland by the end of the year, with 8/1 the price that the former Swindon boss reveals a Mackems-themed tattoo in this time-frame.

Whilst those scenarios appear far-fetched, nothing seems out of the realms of possibility where Di Canio is involved, but punters may be better advised betting on his side’s on-pitch fortunes for the remainder of the season.

After moving three points clear of the drop zone with that emphatic triumph away to great rivals Newcastle, Sunderland are now 11/2 to be relegated by the season’s end.

They are much more fancied to survive under Di Canio’s stewardship though, with 1/10 the price that they are playing Premier League football again next term.

And with Black Cats players appearing rejuvenated greatly by the Italian’s arrival, and inspired by his all-too-obvious touchline passion, other markets also make much appeal to punters.

The Mackems performed admirably in defeat to Chelsea, before their superb success on Tyneside, but at 50/1, it looks unlikely that they can win each of their remaining five seasonal fixtures.

A home tie with Everton and trip to Champions League-chasing Tottenham look most problematic, but perhaps some attention should be paid to the 13/2 odds that Di Canio’s charges remain unbeaten for the remainder of the campaign.

As aforementioned, Sunderland’s squad has looked a completely different proposition under the ex-Swindon chief, and the renewed vibrancy of their play only looks likely to reap more positive results.

Therefore, if they can avoid defeat in those previously-mentioned trickiest looking fixtures, it seems plausible that the Black Cats can justify the 13/2 odds about them failing to lose another game this term.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee