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Black Cats, Hammers, Clarets and Saints in Premier League action

| 13.12.2014

Coral writers preview current Premier League top six clubs West Ham United and Southampton, as they face respective trips to strugglers Sunderland and Burnley.

Sunderland v West Ham
Sam Allaryce’s Hammers are a team in superb form, winning their last three Premier League games and six of their previous nine, taking them up to fourth place, ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton.

Sunderland, on the other hand, have not really recovered from their humiliating 8-0 defeat to the Saints, gaining just one victory from their seven matches since.

As a result, visitors West Ham go into this this encounter as the slight 13/8 favourites with Coral to take all three points. They won 2-1 in this same fixture at the Stadium of Light last season, and are tempting 9/1 chances to record that scoreline again.

Gus Poyet’s Black Cats, though, were convincing 3-0 victors the campaign before, so take odds of 7/4 if you fancy them to end West Ham’s run and take three crucial points. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 23/10.

Former Newcastle United centre forward Andy Carroll will be relishing this battle in particular, as he returns to his old rivals. The Gateshead-born frontman, who netted twice last time out against Swansea City and last season against the Mackems, is 5/4 to net again anytime, and 7/1 for two or more.

Sunderland’s Scotland striker Steven Fletcher is in line to return to the XI, and he is 7/4 in the anytime market. Emanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones, meanwhile, are out injured, but Sebastian Coates is available. Only Mark Noble misses out for West Ham.

Burnley v Southampton
The Saints are another side who have battled above their weight so far this term, although are currently on a run of three straight losses, and four games without a win in the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s men are still up in fifth in the table, and are odds-on favourites at 3/4 to see off Burnley on the road. They have won their last two battles against the Clarets in all competitions.

Sean Dyche can take heart from his side’s decent run of just one loss in their last five in the league, and tempting 4/1 chances for victory. A draw, at 13/5, is a good shout here.

Burnley will still be without long-term absentee Sam Vokes, as well as left-footers Stephen Ward and Matt Taylor, while veteran defender Michael Duff is a major doubt. Dyche can call upon club top scorer, with four, Danny Ings, though, who is 7/4 to net anytime.

Southampton have better news that Toby Alderweireld and James Ward-Prowse are set to return, but Spurs targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez both miss out.

Graziano Pelle, who has 10 goals already this term, is the Saints’ main man, and the Italy international is 6/5 to net anytime, and 9/2 to strike first.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.