Goals at a premium

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 15:10 GMT

Our Andy Schooler brings you his best bets for Sunday's Norwich-Sunderland clash and he's expecting few goals.

Hughton's side have scored just 11 goals in 14 games

Super Sunday may struggle to live up to its name if goal trends are to be followed in this one.

Norwich have enjoyed great success in terms of tightening up at the back of late, Chris Hughton rightly opting to focus on improvement after early-season routs by Fulham, Liverpool and Chelsea.

He's been rewarded with an unbeaten run of seven games in the Premier League (eight in all competitions) and their last three home fixtures have all been won - against notable opponents in Arsenal, Stoke and Manchester United.

Admittedly they've now lost keeper John Ruddy to injury with Mark Bunn filling his boots in midweek.

However, Sunderland aren't a side who seem likely to pepper the home goal - they've managed just 12 goals in 13 games so far, a record which has contributed to them winning just four of their last 27 games.

These are worrying times for Martin O'Neill, who now heads the bookies' sack race, and he could really have done without Lee Cattermole getting injured again in midweek during a dreary goalless draw with winless QPR.

Given both sides' scoring problems - Norwich themselves have netted just 11 in 14 games - 8/11 about there being fewer than 2.5 goals looks a solid bet.

That's happened in seven games of Norwich eight-match unbeaten run and five of Sunderland's last eight.

A small play on a 1-0 home win also looks tempting with Norwich's wins over Arsenal, Stoke and United all coming by that scoreline.

  • The match, which kicks off at 1600 GMT, is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.