Sunderland just came up short in last weekend’s Capital One Cup final against a tremendous Manchester City side but the Black Cats supporters could yet descend on Wembley again, this time in the FA Cup. First however, they must upset the odds to overcome Hull at the KC Stadium, where Stan James make Gus Poyet’s men 14/5 outsiders and the Tigers are bet365’s 6/5 favourites.
BetVictor rate Sunderland at 12/5 to force a replay and as their priority is undoubtedly Premier League survival, some punters might think that’s about the best they can hope for. However, Hull’s attack might be a touch less effective as they are without cup-tied pair Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long – the two players that struck in the Tigers’ recent triumph over the Black Cats, so it would be dangerous to write off the visitors.
Betway rate them at 7/10 to avoid defeat but it might be worth taking a bit of a chance and backing them at big prices to sneak it. Winner.com quote odds of 15/4 for Poyet’s charges to triumph by a solitary goal and it’s 9/2 (bet365) for them to beat a home team with a weakened forward line, ‘to nil’.
Sunderland to beat Hull ‘to nil’ – 9/2 (bet365)