West Ham United fans went from ecstasy to agony in the FA Cup last weekend as Robin van Persie denied them a famous win over Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Sunderland went from panic to relief as Craig Gardner salvaged a replay against Bolton Wanderers to keep them alive in the cup.
Both of those games finished 2-2, so you would be forgiven for thinking that when the two sides clash on Saturday in the Premier League, a similar scoreline will occur, and you can get 11/5 on a draw in this one.
The Black Cats and the Hammers have both struggled to find the back of the net with any regularity this season. In fact, the campaign was almost two months old by the time someone other than Steven Fletcher scored for Sunderland.
Sam Allardyce had hoped his team’s goals would come directly or indirectly from Andy Carroll’s pony-tailed bonce, but the on-loan Liverpool front man picked up an injury, meaning the London side became reliant on Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble’s penalties.
A notable statistic is that West Ham have only scored five goals in their nine away games in the Premier League, compared to 19 in 11 games at Upton Park.
However, to go along with their lack of goals at one end, it should be noted that their defence is none too shabby on the road, with West Ham’s last three away league games against United, West Brom and Reading finishing 0-1, 0-0 and 0-1.
Joe Cole’s impressive comeback game against the Red Devils in the FA Cup last week will give Allardyce hope as the former Chelsea and Liverpool man laid two assists on to the head of double goalscorer James Collins.
If you think West Ham can push on from their impressive performance against United and pick up the win at the Stadium of Light then you may be tempted by the 11/5 on offer.
A late Nolan goal rescued a point for the Hammers in the reverse fixture in September, cancelling out Fletcher’s strike.
Sunderland’s home form has not been great, losing more than they’ve won, but they have only conceded 12 on home soil, the same number as Everton and less than Manchester United.
Despite taking the lead, Sunderland were beaten by Tottenham in their last home game, but before that they defeated Manchester City and comfortably swept aside Reading, so they have shown they possess plenty of ability on their day.
Martin O’Neill may have new signing Alfred N’Diaye available if the midfielder receives international clearance following his move from Bursaspor.
Should you feel that O’Neill’s Black Cats will have enough to see off the Londoners, then 5/4 are the odds on offer for a home victory.
With neither team having much of a clue how to score lately, I think just one goal could well decide this game and with home advantage, I think it will go to Sunderland.
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Top bet: Sunderland to beat West Ham 1-0 @ 6/1