Bottom-club Sunderland will have their manager on the sidelines this weekend after Paolo Di Canio escaped a ban following his sending off in the Black Cats’ 3-1 loss against Arsenal.
The fiery Italian’s presence on the bench can help his side grab a valuable point against fellow strugglers West Brom when they travel to the Midlands at odds of 12/5.
As you would expect from the top flight’s two lowest-ranked teams there has been a permeable quality to their respective backlines, with Steve Clarke’s side shipping three goals in their two home games and Di Canio’s boys letting in one more than that on their travels.
Bearing that in mind, backing 2-2 at 13/1 with a saver on 3-3 at a whopping 66/1 could open the cash floodgates in this fixture.
Clarke’s Baggies are a shade odds-on at 19/20 to take all three points for the first time this season while the Wearside club, who have also failed to register a win so far this term, are priced up at 14/5 to do so.
West Brom sit just a point ahead of their opponents with two points from the first four games, but a credible draw at Everton at the end of last month has not been built on.
Swansea were pointless and propping up the table themselves before their 2-0 win at the Hawthorns, while Gareth McAuley’s injury-time equaliser at Fulham papered over the cracks of an otherwise toothless display from the visitors.
As the team in the Premier League wooden spoon spot after the first four rounds Sunderland are in even worse form, with the point gained from the 1-1 draw at Southampton all Di Canio has to show for his touchline histrionics in this league campaign.
However, their expectations going into this game could have been so much different if referee Martin Atkinson had let Jozy Altidore’s perfectly good disallowed goal against Arsenal stand when Sunderland were 2-1 down with 20 minutes to go.
The American striker can use the undoubted anguish that decision welled up inside him to fire the first goal of the match and a first Premier League goal since his solitary strike for Hull against Man City in February 2010 at odds of 6/1.