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No goalscorer a no brainer as West Ham travel to Sunderland

| 31.03.2014

Sunderland supporters have already had little entertainment to enjoy from a 550-mile round trip to West Ham this season when witnessing a goalless draw in December and now there is a strong possibility that travelling Hammers fans will suffer the same fate at the Stadium Of Light.

No team has scored fewer goals than Sunderland on their own patch this season, while West Ham also average less than a goal per game on their travels.

It is 9/1 that Sunderland and West Ham play out a second 0-0 draw this season, but at the same price, punters would be much shrewder delving into the first goalscorer market and selecting no goalscorer.

No goalscorer not only includes the 0-0 draw, but will also result in a payout should own goals be the only method of scoring in the game.

This bet has already come up trumps in this Premier League gameweek, with a John Terry own goal sealing Chelsea’s 1-0 reverse at Crystal Palace, meaning no goalscorer backers would have been in the money.

Furthermore, no team has scored more own goals than Sunderland’s five in the Premier League this season, adding greater weight to this bet.

In terms of match betting, it is Sunderland that are marginal favourites at 5/4 for victory and a win would take them to within one point of escaping the relegation places.

They have won the last two Premier League encounters between this pair at the Stadium Of Light too.

However, the Black Cats have taken only one point from a possible 15 in the top-flight, while West Ham have been beaten in three of their last four and lost back-to-back away games.

The draw here is 23/10, with a West Ham triumph available at the same price.

Ladbrokes are also offering a price boost for the clash, with Andy Carroll bumped up from 6/1 to 7/1 to open the scoring.

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

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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.