Sunderland were unlucky not to take all three points in their last league game, a 1-1 draw away to Southampton, and can reward their backers with a first win of the season at Crystal Palace at enhanced odds of 9/4.
The Black Cats were priced up at 7/4, but bwin have added half a point on an away win against Ian Holloway’s Eagles, who need to pick themselves up after three straight defeats, including a 2-1 Capital One Cup reverse at League One strugglers Bristol City.
You can also get 9/4 on the draw at Selhurst Park, with the home side 6/4 to claim their first top-flight victory since Andy Johnson’s header saw off Liverpool back in April 2005.
Sunderland’s League Cup exploits proved to be much more satisfying, with four goals in the last 12 minutes snatching victory from the jaws of defeat when coming back from two down at home to MK Dons.
Paolo Di Canio made six changes to the team that were so close to a win at St Mary’s before Jose Fonte’s 88th-minute equaliser and could call on last season’s top scorer Steven Fletcher, as the Scotland striker was fit enough for a place on the bench against the Dons.
Fletcher started last term in imperious form, with five goals in his first four Premier League games and eight of his 11 strikes came before Christmas, which suggests this is a good time to stick him in your fantasy football team.
Di Canio’s boys face a Palace side on a wretched run, with no wins and no points from their first two games and increasing disenchantment from the Selhurst Park faithful over the manager’s erratic tactics and failing transfer policy.
Holloway has seen experienced transfer targets Darren Bent and William Gallas snub the south London club in the last couple of weeks.
Palace are still without injured captain Paddy McCarthy and last season’s crack Championship marksman Glenn Murray.