Martin O’Neill steps back into football management on Sunday, taking charge of his new club Sunderland for the first time as they host Blackburn Rovers in the lunchtime kick-off.
Northern Irishman O’Neill faces a challenge keeping his Sunderland side in the Premier League this season given the squad seems bereft of any real attacking quality and has a leaky defence to match.
The Mackems face a revitalised Blackburn this Sunday, a game that is billed as yet another relegation six pointer.
Rovers will be looking to their talisman and top scorer Yakubu to produce the goods if they are to leave the Stadium of Light with anything.
Feed the Yak and he will score – and he was full to the brim against Swansea last week, netting four times.
He is priced at 80/1 to repeat his feat of scoring three goals or more. He is also very reasonably priced at 8/1 to open the scoring on Sunday.
Backing Yakubu, at odds of 9/4 to score anytime, means punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin can expect a £81.25 payback if the Nigerian continues his good goalscoring form.
Elsewhere, Rovers’ second-top scorer Ruben Rochina can be backed at 10/1 to score first. The impressive Spaniard has six goals this season in all competitions, three have which have been the first of the game.
However, Sunderland have not lost to Blackburn in the league for six games and they will be looking to the flanks for attacking threat.
Stephane Sessegnon has looked lively of late, even if he has only found the back of the net twice this season.
New customers who join bwin can get a price of 3/2 for the Benin international to get back on the goalscoring trail on Sunday.
However, Sunderland’s best bet could be top-scorer Seb Larsson, who is lethal with a dead ball and available at 9/4 to find the back of the net at any time.
His fellow Scandinavian Nicklas Bendtner must also prove he can lead the line for the Mackems and is favourites to opening the scoring at 9/2.
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