Vito Mannone’s chances of adding to his tally of two clean sheets for Sunderland this year appear to be on the wane.
It has been widely reported that Gus Poyet will drop his goalkeeper after the Italian followed up a gaffe-strewn role in the Southampton farce with a howler against Arsenal.
Now, with Costel Pantilimon reportedly set to don the gloves for the Black Cats in the upcoming clash against Crystal Palace, bwin go as short 33/10 that Mannone must wait until the new year for his next shutout in a Sunderland shirt.
The Eagles rate the second favourites to afford the one-time Arsenal third-choice some concession-free succour at 3/1.
However, the likelihood that he may be dropped for the encounter, coupled with the fact that Palace put three past the Black Cats at Selhurst Park last term mean there are better wagers available in this market.
Leicester City are the 1/4 jollies in the race to ease Mannone’s burden by failing to get the ball through his butter-fingered clutches.
With Sunderland visiting the King Power Stadium in three games’ time, the bwin odds boffins seem assured that the Italian’s benching will only be of the short, sharp shock variety.
Nonetheless it seems like harsh treatment for a man who kept 11 clean sheets in 29 league appearances for his club last term – a vital contribution to the survival of what was, in the early stages of the campaign, a pantomime of a football club.
In between the Eagles and the Foxes, a trip to Goodison Park, where Mannone shut out the Toffees in 2013/14, is on the agenda.
The under-fire gloveman is 6/1 to register his next shutout on Merseyside.
Sunderland are 14/5 to leave south-east London with spotless linen whether the 26-year-old plays or not, a feat that only Burnley have achieved so far this term.
However, they did shut out Palace at the Stadium of Light in the sides’ most recent meeting and look rather too long in the match betting for the encounter at 12/5.