Manchester City were unable to break down West Brom at the Hawthorns on what was a frustrating Boxing Day for the title hopefuls and against a more resilient-looking Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, one or two punters might fancy chancing their arm on a similar outcome.post 10/3 against Roberto Mancini’s men sharing the spoils again while Skybet offer 14/1 for another goalless encounter, but bookies are confident that City won’t drop more points, Paddy Power installing them as 8/15 favourites and their extra quality should ultimately tell on Wearside.
Nevertheless the Black Cats, under former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill, will inevitably make life tough for City, who are 14/5 via Partybets to prevail by a one-goal margin and bet365 quote them at an alluring 7/1 to chalk up a 1-0 success.
The visitors are no strangers to late goals and on that basis, a strong case can be made for an away win tagged onto the back of a drawn first period at a massive 4/1 (William Hill). Along similar lines, it could take a while for the deadlock to be broken and Paddy Power make the opener 10/11 to arrive after the 23rd minute, while that first goal is 7/2 courtesy of Blue Square, to be struck by Manchester City’s Argentine front man Sergio Aguero.
Buoyed by their draw with Manchester City, West Brom are the narrowest of favourites at 13/8 with Boylesports to get the better of Everton, Stan James’ 7/4 outsiders but as the pair look evenly matched, both on the pitch and in the betting it could finish all square, a result Ladbrokes rate at 12/5.
Another goalless affair, at 9/1 via Stan James isn’t out of the question given the duo’s meagre respective goal tallies and Boylesports’ 8/11 for the teams to find the net fewer than three times between them looks an absolute banker.