Sunderland and Watford are 4/1 co-favourites to be the lowest-scoring Premier League team this term, but 5/1 Norwich are the Wearsiders’ true wooden spoon rivals.
The bwin odds gurus have priced up markets for the best and worst attacks and defences ahead of the coming campaign and the trio find themselves among six teams inside of 10/1 to be the most benign frontline.
Aston Villa and Bournemouth at 6/1 and 13/2 shots West Brom round out the sextet.
However, when last season’s scoring exploits are contemplated through the prism of the sides’ summer transfer business, the Black Cats and the Canaries jump out.
Sunderland had the joint second-worst attack in the Premier League last season along with Aston Villa.
Yet, while the Villans have reinvested their Christian Benteke loot in a clutch of frontmen, Sunderland have signed only Jeremain Lens to bolster a forward line that has also lost Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace.
Instead the Wearsiders have invested in defence and defensive midfield, suggesting there probably isn’t that much money left for a decent striker in the coffers.
Villa had already begun to look a lot more dangerous under Tim Sherwood too, with their paltry goals-for column a relic of the dour football espoused by Paul Lambert.
Yet the inexplicable and scarcely deserved luck that has kept the Black Cats in the Premier League in recent seasons may see them cheat the lowest-scorer tag too.
At a point longer in the betting, Norwich are arguably an even better wager to end the campaign with least strikes in the ledger.
The lowest scoring side promoted from the Championship, their leading marksman was Cameron Jerome with 18, who was outscored by not one, but two Watford frontmen (Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney).
Jerome notched six times across 55 games during his last two seasons in the top-flight, most recently plundering two goals in 28 outings for Crystal Palace in 2013/14.
Despite this, the Canaries have done little to remedy any potential shortcomings in attack, with former Hull dogsbody and occasional wing-back Robbie Brady their most offensive acquisition to date.