A point apiece would suit both Sunderland and West Brom in their bid to beat the drop.
The Baggies will be assured of Premier League football next term if they avoid defeat on Wearside, while the same will essentially be true of the hosts on account of their superior goal difference dwarfing that of Norwich’s in 18th place.
Amicability in the shape of the 19/10-rated draw, however, is very much worth swerving in favour of a punt on Pepe Mel’s men at a sky-high 3/1.
Wading in on this offering with your £30 free bet awarded for opening an account at bwin.com to keep you afloat could land a £90 profit if the west Midlanders do the business – here are the reasons that say they will:
Gus Poyet’s troops may be 11/10 favourites, but the Black Cats have the worst record in the top-tier against those residing in the bottom half.
A paltry 11 points is all they’ve amassed when duelling with fellow basement buddies, a staggering seven points fewer than the next-worst total that Norwich are in possession of.
Prior to their vital victory over Cardiff last time out, they had just one win in 15 with lower-echelon dwellers, while WBA have lost just six from 17 against bottom-ten foes.
The bulk of Mel’s West Brom wins have come on the road.
He may have only masterminded three successes during his short Hawthorns tenure, but two of these were plundered away from base camp.
When wins were paramount at Swansea and Norwich, the Spaniard delivered and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him doing so at the Stadium of Light given the opposition.
Sunderland haven’t got the better of Albion since a 4-0 drubbing in 2008.
The Baggies have emerged triumphant in seven of the eight renewals that have occurred between then and this one, including each of the previous four.
In exerting this spell of dominance they managed to score at least two in all bar one of these matches so side with the visitors to swipe more lunch money from their favourite Premier League pipsqueak and pocket a handsome pay out.