West Brom travel to Sunderland this weekend as they look to build on a remarkable run of form that has helped haul them out of the relegation zone.
The Baggies have taken four points from their last two games with a draw against Arsenal and a victory over Liverpool, both at the Hawthorns.
Their recent record against the Black Cats – winning the last two meetings in the top flight – is only likely to add to their confidence.
At 12/5 an Albion triumph may seem unlikely, but they sit just two points and one place behind Sunderland, who have not won since January and have failed to score in their last four Premier League outings.
The hosts start as favourites at 11/10 with bwin and manager Steve Bruce will be desperate to halt an alarming slump in form which has seen them slide down the Premier League table.
With this season’s relegation battle tighter than ever, Sunderland could even be drawn into a scrap for survival if last week’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City is anything to go by.
Betting odds of 33/1 are available on the north-east side going down, which means a successful £10 bet would return £340.
However, with home games against Wigan, Fulham and Wolverhampton to come, it would be a major shock if Sunderland fell into the Championship.
One man who could help them keep their place in the top flight – and even push them in to the top half of the table – is Ghana’s hitman Asamoah Gyan.
He is 13/10 to open the scoring at the Stadium of Light this weekend and could be a tempting wager following his impressive display in the international friendly against England at Wembley last month.
If Albion are to upset the odds, midfielder Chris Brunt will need to be at his best. One of their most influential players, the left-footed winger is always a threat from set-pieces.
Backed at £10 to score at any time, Brunt would return £39 in winnings if he were to smash one in the top corner and send Baggies fans boing-boinging back to the Midlands.
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