(Can Sunderland's Connor Wickham help them sink Norwich City?)
In the English Premier League, Norwich entertain Sunderland at Carrow Road. Both sides have 5 points from 5 games and picked up their first victories of the season last weekend with Norwich winning at 10 man Bolton 2-1 and Sunderland thumping European travellers Stoke 4-0. We're expecting a tight encounter, this is backed up by the combined league stats of the two sides with 10 games played, 4 draws and 4 games decided by a single goal. With this in mind, Sunderland seem to have the bigger goal threat in the terms of Bendtner, Larrson and Gardner plus the potential of attacking options off the bench (Wickham & Dong-Won). Therefore we are backing Sunderland, using the safest option, Sunderland to win in the draw no bet market at 11/10.
(Washington's Tim Hightower rushing against the unrushable Steelers)
In the NFL game tonight we have two teams that can compete with most sides but have plenty of questions to answer with regards to certain areas of their game as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins in Dallas. The Cowboys did the business for us last week with a narrow overtime success against the 49ers but it came at a price as star receiver Miles Austin got injured quarterback Tony Romo went out of the game before returning to throw some great passes to complete the comeback. It turns out that Romo had not only cracked ribs but also a slightly punctured lung, yet it looks like the Cowboys are going to play him just a week later, it shows how bad they think backup John Kitna is! The Cowboys are basically a passing side with their backs Choice & Jones being pretty average, with Romo hurting, Miles out & Dez Bryant also somewhat doubtful it looks like they'll find it difficult to put points on the board. Washington are no great shakes themselves with quarterback Rex Grossman being the punchline to many a joke, however they've won both of their games this year & there is a feel-good factor about the side after a negative outlook before the season started. Grossman has actually performed well so far in their wins against the Giants & the Cardinals with receivers Gaffney, Moss & Davis all getting multiple receptions for decent yardage. They've looked productive in rushing with Tim Hightower having picked up 168 yards in the two games so far & he can continue to play well, he should be backed to score at anytime to add to his one touchdown already. The Redskins can be backed with a +4.5 point headstart but we think they can win this without & with odds of 7/4 available we should all take advantage of the Cowboys injury woes.
Washington Redskins to beat the Dallas Cowboys at 7/4
Tim Hightower to score a touchdown at anytime in the Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys game at Evens or better (no prices available yet)
Sunderland to beat Norwich City in the draw no bet market 11/10 (Stan James/Ladbrokes)