The Wearside team have managed to find the net just seven times in their ten matches and Steven Fletcher is responsible for five of those strikes and O’Neill must be hoping that there are one or two bargains in the January sales which will ensure his team aren’t sucked into a relegation scrap.
It’s hard to fancy Sunderland too much on Sunday and the visitors to Craven Cottage can be backed at 9/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory, although they did take the lead at Goodison Park last weekend before losing 2-1 to the Toffees.
At least the defence stands up to fairly rigorous examination and perhaps they can thwart Fulham and claim a point from this encounter which can be backed at 13/5 (bet365), with Adam Johnson finding a way to score at Goodison Park last weekend.
The Cottagers certainly aren’t experiencing too many problems finding the net and 24 goals have been bagged in 11 matches to date, with Martin Jol’s team scoring three times to help themselves to an unlikely point at the Emirates last weekend.
At home, Fulham have won three times and the 3/4 (Paddy Power bookmaker) could prove to be popular considering the visitors are struggling badly at the moment. The home team might have lost Dempsey and Dembele in the summer but signing Dimitar Berbatov appears to be a masterstroke and the bookies go 9/2 that the Bulgarian breaks the deadlock.
Perhaps the Cottagers will have to be patient when it comes to breaking down a Sunderland defence who only concede an average of one goal per game and a 1-0 victory in favour of Fulham can be backed at 7/1.