Sunderland were lucky to avoid relegation last season after finishing just three points above the drop zone, but outspoken boss Paulo Di Canio will be aiming for a much higher finish this term. They start things off with a visit from Martin Jol’s Fulham side, who finished 12th last term. Check out our live betting odds comparison service for the very best prices on all the key markets.

The corresponding fixture last season finished 2-2 after the home side came back from two goals down to earn the draw. Di Canio has added a number of players to his squad for this season, notably US international Jozy Altidore and Modibo Diakite – on a free from Lazio. But in Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega and Bryan Ruiz, Fulham have an accomplished frontline that is likely to cause the Black Cats problems.

The bookies are sitting on the fence a little with the Sunderland win priced at betting odds of 2/1 (BetVictor) compared to 7/2 for a Fulham victory (with William Hill). But we fancy backing the draw at betting odds of 23/20 with BetVictor, with a repeat of last season’s 2-2 scoreline not out of the question. Before you place your bets, check our live betting odds comparison service to ensure you have the best prices from the top bookies every time.

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