After those crucial consecutive victories against Newcastle and Everton, Sunderland came crashing back down to earth on Monday, losing 6-1 at fellow strugglers Aston Villa, a result that was a reality check for the Black Cats who still have work to do to guarantee Premier League survival.
BetVictor rate Paulo Di Canio’s side at 14/1 to be relegated but back on home soil they’ll be confident of dispelling any lingering fears as they host Stoke, especially as bet365 make Sunderland their 11/10 favourites for the points.
The Potters, whose back-to-back successes have effectively made them safe, are Stan James’s 3/1 outsiders while Ladbrokes rate the stalemate at 12/5 and it’s 15/2 (Stan James) for neither side to break the deadlock, as was the case when the pair last met, at the Britannia Stadium back in November.
Bet365 quote Sunderland at 4/9 in the ‘draw-no-bet’ market but Stoke don’t tend to travel well so Di Canio’s troops should prevail and they’re decent value at 9/4 (Paddy Power) to do so ‘to nil’ given that the visitors are the top flights joint lowest away scorers.
More specifically, Stan James quote the Black Cats at 6/1 to fire the game’s only goal at the Stadium of Light, where BetVictor offer 27/10 about a home triumph by a one-goal margin and it’s 4/1 courtesy of Skybet for Sunderland to sneak it having played out an inconclusive first period.
Sunderland to beat Stoke ‘to nil’ – 9/4 (Paddy Power)