Sunderland vs. Norwich City: Premier League Soccer Odds & Picks

Steven Suarez

Friday, August 14, 2015 9:59 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 9:59 PM GMT

Both of these outfits lost in their first matches of the season, so there will be extra motivation here on Saturday. Which team should we back with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview
This is expected to be one of the closest matches of the weekend, and that thought is backed up by oddsmakers, who have priced out both teams at similiar numbers.

Let's dive deeper into the available Premier League odds. Sunderland is the favorite, but not by much; the Black Cats are listed at roughly +150 to earn all three points, while the visiting Canaries can be backed at +200. A draw is obviously very much in play too, as that's trading in the +215 to +225 range across a multitude of sportsbooks

 

Sunderland
Losing 4-2 is never how you want to start your Premier League season, particularly since the defeat came against a relative newcomer in Leicester, who were promoted to the top flight ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. The Black Cats were very poor defensively against the Foxes, which was the catalyst in the heavy defeat.

The match was essentially all but over after only 25 minutes, as Leicester went up 3-0 and could afford to let the foot off the gas from there on out. Second half goals from Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher made things a lot more interesting, but in the end the deficit proved too much to overcome.

Surely we'll see a more competitive effort this time around, with Sunderland set to make its season debut at home. Defoe looks likely to lead the line of attack for the Black Cats, although Fletcher didn't hurt his case whatsoever by scoring shortly after coming on as a substitute versus Leicester. 

 

Norwich City
While the Black Cats fell short in their first match away from home, the Canaries had less of an excuse for their shortcomings, as they lost 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace. 

The soccer odds heading in suggested the Eagles would have a good chance of getting at least a draw, but they did more than that, outplaying the home team on their way to the win. Norwich City was largely disappointing in front of their own supporters, with Nathan Redmond's second goal nothing more than a consolation. The Canaries held over 60 percent of the possession yet still couldn't maximize their chances in front of goal. After Redmond, Cameron Jerome and Gary Hooper came off the bench and made impacts, it'll be interesting to see if changes are made to the starting XI this Saturday.

It always hurts to get nothing out of your first Premier League match, especially when it comes at home. Now Norwich City has to head out on the road and take on another wounded animal in Sunderland, a team that will be eager to bounce back themselves. 

 

Premier League Pick
The fact of the matter is that we don't really love either one of these teams in this situation. However, when push comes to shove, we're going to give the slightest of edges to Sunderland, primarily because of the home-field advantage at the Stadium of Light.

We have to figure the Black Cats are going to come out extra motivated after a very disappointing showing last week, and we know the crowd will be there squarely in their corner. Sure, Sunderland didn't fare all that well at home last season, but it was a down year across the board, and we're expecting better things from the squad in this campaign.

In short, we're expecting a good fight from Norwich, but ultimately see them falling just short against the Black Cats. At appealing +160 odds at bet365, we'll side with the hosts with our soccer picks.

Premier League Pick: Sunderland 2 Norwich City 1

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