Getting dragged into a relegation scrap after a winless streak of seven matches and up against a Manchester United team 15 points ahead at the top of the Premier League, it doesn’t look good for Sunderland according to bookies, who perhaps not surprisingly make them 5/1 outsiders (Stan James) to pick up a crucial victory at the Stadium of Light.
The champions-elect were BetVictor’s 7/10 favourites for the points but have been the subject of a bit of a gamble and are now trading at 4/6 with Coral, a price that could fall yet further but sceptics are warning that United will field a weakened team as they have half an eye on their FA Cup clash at Chelsea 48 hours after this one.
They have a point but as the Black Cats are now without influential pair Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole, they are under-strength themselves and the momentum is all with the visitors, who can get the job done on Wearside.
Nevertheless, with that Stamford Bridge clash in mind Sir Alex Ferguson’s men might not be at their fluent best, so a victory by one stands out at 27/10 (Ladbrokes) and as the hosts are missing their main goal threat, Betfred’s 7/4 for United to prevail ‘to nil’ isn’t without appeal.
Man Utd to beat Sunderland 1-0 – 13/2 (BetVictor)