Sunderland slipped into the bottom three at the weekend after they went down 3-1 at home to Chelsea and that result has turned up the heat a touch on boss Martin O’Neill.
However, the Black Cats manager will really come under intense pressure if his side emerges empty-handed as they host fellow strugglers Reading but fortunately for O’Neill, the hosts should justify the 21/20 favouritism afforded to them at Boylesports by securing a vital three points.
Winless on the road, the Royals have lost six of their eight away matches, scoring just seven times in the process so they’re easy to oppose on Wearside, where the Black Cats are 29/10 via Ladbrokes to shade it by a one-goal margin.
More specifically, a 1-0 home victory catches the eye at 13/2 with 188Bet given Sunderland’s lack of goals at the Stadium of light and Reading’s poor scoring record on their travels while BetVictor post a safe-looking 5/6 against a match tally of fewer than 2.5 goals.
Sunderland to beat Reading 1-0 – 13/2 (188Bet)