It might be early days, although Norwich City have a chance to hit the top half of the Premier League on Monday night and a return of two games won, two games drawn and two games lost would be a decent return.
The Canaries got a first win under their belts when winning at Bolton last weekend and Paul Lambert’s team can now be backed at 13/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim another three points in front of the Sky cameras.
This is the first meeting between the two teams in the Premier League and it sees Steve Bruce return to a club where he spent three seasons as a player, appearing 141 times before signing for Manchester United.
Carrow Road is a ground that holds happy memories for the Sunderland manager and he will enjoy himself even more on Monday if his team can produce the kind of performance that helped the Black Cats thrash Stoke City in their last game.
Sunderland badly needed that victory and can be backed at 2/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to win their first away match of the season, with the visitors having drawn at Liverpool and Swansea so far.
Nicklas Bendtner (6/1) is a class act and the Dane should prove to be a good acquisition for the Wearside club this season, while Sebastian Larsson looks a decent price given that he can strike a mean free-kick.
Norwich’s main problem this season might be putting the ball in the back of the net, although City’s Bradley Johnson scored plenty of times for Leeds last term and scored his first of the campaign against Bolton.