Premier League: Black Cats contest Canaries, Hornets battle Baggies
After an exciting opening weekend of the Premier League, top-flight action continues as Sunderland host Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, while Watford face Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion.
Dick Advocaat’s Black Cats will be aiming to recover from their opening day loss to Leicester City when they tackle the Canaries, who also tasted defeat in their first game, with Watford and West Brom searching for a maiden win of the campaign.
Sunderland v Norwich
The hosts will want to quickly secure their first three points of the season to avoid being dragged down into an early scrap the bottom of the table, and are 9/2 with Coral to win with both teams scoring.
Although, the Black Cats face a tough test, having failed to overcome Norwich in their last four meetings, winning just one of the previous six clashes, stretching back to August 2009.
Cameron Jerome was cruelly penalised for his acrobatic effort which resulted in a goal against Crystal Palace, as the Canaries were eventually toppled 3-1, but the forward is 11/2 to open proceedings this time out.
The last time these sides met, Norwich secured a 2-0 victory on home soil, with Alexander Tettey getting on the scoresheet in March 2014, and the Ghana-born Norway international is 8/1 to net anytime again.
Black Cats attacker Danny Graham has struck six times in nine outings against Norwich, the most against any other team in his club career, and he is 11/4 to add to that impressive tally anytime on home turf.
Watford v West Brom
The Hornets have not overcome West Brom in a league meeting since February 1995, with the Baggies having emerged victorious in four of their last six domestic match-ups.
In what will be the first time these two teams have ever met in the Premier League era, the visitors are 5/2 to leave Vicarage Road with three points.
Watford courageously drew 2-2 with Everton in their returning top tier fixture, while Pulis’ West Brom were outgunned 3-0 by title favourites Manchester City, so both are in search of their first win of the season.
The last time the two sides met, Chris Brunt netted a a 90th minute equaliser to save a 1-1 draw in 2010, and the Baggies winger is 16/1 to strike last this time out again five years later.
New Baggies striker Rickie Lambert has five career goals against Watford in three appearances, an impressive record which makes the former Liverpool forward 11/2 to open proceedings.
Betting tip: Sunderland to win and both teams score @ 9/2