Sunderland vs Manchester United Preview

April 8, 2017
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday afternoon’s Premier League action kicks off at the Stadium of Light where bottom of the table Sunderland host a Manchester United side still harbouring feint hopes of a top four finish.

The Black Cats are rooted to the foot of the division with just twenty points – ten from safety following Saturday’s results.

They are without a win since the beat Crystal Palace over two months ago, and that was the only game in which they have scored from the last ten attempts.

John O’Shea will miss out against his former club as he is back in Ireland on compassionate leave and Adnan Januzaj is ineligible though Victor Anichebe is pushing for a recall.

Jermaine Defoe is 10.0 (9/1) to open the scoring with a variety of bookmakers with Fabio Borini priced at 15.0 (14/1) pretty much everywhere.

Bet Victor have the home win at a massive 11.5 (21/2) with the visitors 1.36 (4/11) with most firms. The draw can be found at 5.25 (17/4).

Jose Mourinho’s men drew for the twelfth time in the league so far this season, and needed a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty to do so as they faced Everton on Tuesday evening.

They go into the game seven points behind fourth place Manchester City though they do have two games in hand over their neighbours.

Antonio Valencia is set to return at right-back while Paul Pogba could start though England international duo Ashley Young and captain Wayne Rooney are both sidelined.

Ibrahimovic is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 3.6 (13/5) with William Hill with Pogba a 9.0 (8/1) shot with Betfred.

The Red Devils comprehensively won in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day with a late Fabio Borini strike proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

However, Sunderland are unbeaten in their last three home clashes with Manchester United, with a David De Gea own goal handing them the points in last season’s corresponding fixture.

An away win to nil looks favourable at 2.10 (11/10) with Stan James while the same firm offer the same price for there to be under 2.5 goals.

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