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Sunderland need more than luck to preserve Premier League status

30 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Sunderland need more than luck to preserve Premier League status

The Black Cats picked up their first win of the season against Newcastle but must improve further if they are to overcome Everton on Sunday

As the final whistle rang out last Sunday, Sam Allardyce’s smile was as wide as the river Wear.

But as even he will attest to, the real work for his Sunderland side begins this weekend against Everton.

Victory over Newcastle last time out was the Black Cats’ first of the season and, while it was more than a little fortunate, Allardyce will need more of the same if they are to remain in the Premier League.

This remains a pretty woeful Sunderland side, but the potentially galvanising effect of such a big win makes their trip to Goodison Park on Sunday an intriguing clash – even with them 11/2 to win.

Everton – 1/2 to win – have endured an unkind run of fixtures, with defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United countering encouraging victories over Chelsea and West Brom just weeks ago.

Throw in Tim Howard’s own indifferent form in goal and Phil Jagielka’s absence with a knee injury, and suddenly this looks like a winnable match for the visitors.

But if his men are to do so, then they will need to show far more than they have in recent weeks.

There are encouraging signs – last weekend aside – that could provide the spark for things to really get going.

On-loan midfielder Yann M’Vila marked his man-of-the-match display with a third assist in as many matches, while striker Steven Fletcher has scored twice and assisted once in his last three games.

Add to that the proven pedigree of Jermain Defoe (even though he looks far from his best), Adam Johnson and Sebastian Larsson and it is a wonder what goes on in the dressing room for this side to perennially find themselves in a relegation scrap.

It is this precarious position that means there’s good value in Sunderland players.

Fletcher is 9/1 to score the first goal of the game and 3/1 to find the net at any time, with Defoe priced at the same for both markets.

The real worry for the Wearsiders is at the back, though.

Only three sides have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season, and until a solution is found, it looks likely that they will continue to do so.

Everton are 15/8 to score three or more goals on Sunday, with a Toffees victory and both sides to find the net at 9/4.

That will require Roberto Martinez’s men actually doing so.

The deflected effort from Ross Barkley (6/4 any time goalscorer) deflected effort was one of the few times that Everton really tested the Arsenal goal last time out.

That theme has been prevalent in the last few league matches.

Nevertheless, the Toffess have attacking threat from the ever-dangerous Romelu Lukaku (4/1 to score first and Everton win) and good options from the bench in Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone.

Surely someone will get on the scoresheet.

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