Middlesbrough took the lead against Sunderland in the pair’s first FA Cup meeting, at the Stadium of Light, but they couldn’t hang on and even though they enjoy home advantage in the replay, it’s hard not to feel that Boro’s chance has now gone.
Admittedly, Tony Mowbray’s have been no strangers to draws of late, which could nudge punters towards Coral’s 12/5 for this one to be level after normal time, however, the Championship promotion hopefuls have managed only one win this year and that came against League Two opposition, so they aren’t exactly flying at present.
By contrast, Sunderland are in decent shape and deserve to be Boylesports’ 11/10 jollies ahead of the Riverside tussle while a case can be made for an away win by a solitary goal at 3/1 with Blue Square in what should be a tight encounter.
Ladbrokes make Martin O’Neill’s men 7/1 to grab the only goal but better value could be a flutter on Black Cats front man Fraizer Campbell, who bagged his side’s equaliser in the first game. The former Manchester United attacker followed that goal up with a cracker against Norwich in the league and BetVictor make him 15/2 to open the scoring in this one. Alternatively, bet365 chalk 2/1 against Campbell notching at any stage.
Fraizer Campbell to score first – 15/2 (BetVictor)