Bristol City

V

Ashton Gate

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Sunderland

V

Ashton Gate

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Sunderland travel to the West Country knowing that they can ill afford to leave with at least a point as the threat of relegation grows with every passing week as Bristol City look to regather momentum despite a packed schedule.

Last time: Remarkably, this will be Sunderland’s first trip to Ashton Gate this century. 1999 was the last time in a game the Black Cats won 1-0 in a season they claimed the Championship title with 105 points and Bristol City finished rock bottom and suffered relegation.

This time: Bristol City are 13/20 to win with Sunderland at 9/2 and the draw 13/5

You might remember: The Robins biggest ever home win over Sunderland occurred in a top-flight clash in 1976 when the home faithful were treated to a comfortable 4-1 win.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Bristol City’s promotion aspirations will get a boost if they can beat struggling Sunderland this weekend

Two sides who have suffered dismal form of late but are chasing very different goals collide at Ashton Gate this weekend. Admittedly, a bulk of Bristol City’s defeats have come in the cup competitions making their record look worse than it actually is, but a loss to struggling Bolton at the weekend did little to help matters. Sunderland cannot buy a win and time is starting to run out if they are to avoid back to back relegation’s.

Bristol City are 13/20 to win the match and that offers value especially considering how poor their opponents have been. The Robins have been impressive at home picking up eight wins and 27 points in the process but did lose twice at home in January (although one of those was against Manchester City so does not really count).

Sunderland are 9/2 to win but it is hard to see where the Black Cats next three points are coming from. However, there is some hope as Sunderland have picked up more points away from home this season than at the Stadium of Light (14 to 11). However, with only five wins all season, this game might be another stretch too far.

The draw is 13/5 and that may be what Chris Coleman turns up aiming for. Bristol City have played eight games already in 2018 due to cup commitments and that it two more than Sunderland. It has taken its toll on Johnson’s squad with plenty of injuries in the Robins’ ranks. A share of the spoils will be Sunderland’s best chance of lifting some of the gloom.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is 3/4 and that is a likely scenario. In the last eight meetings between the two, only once has more than 2.5 goals been scored in a game. With Sunderland struggling near the bottom of the table and with only two goals in 2018, under 2.5 goals is a real steal.

Bristol City to win and prevent Sunderland from scoring is 3/1 and that is the best way to get value from a home win. As mentioned above, Sunderland have been dire in front of goal in 2018 and there is little to suggest anything will change against high flying Bristol City.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A scrappy opening 45 minutes. Bristol City have had to contend with a congested fixture list that would have many Premier League managers quaking in their boots and Sunderland’s confidence is shot to pieces.

For there to be exactly 1 goal in the second half is 7/4 and in a game where little goal mouth action is expected, that is one of the top bets of the week.

2

We fancy:

Only one team to score in the game is 4/5 and that is because in six of the last eight games, only one side has found the back of the net.

Bristol City have also only conceded 14 times at home in the league all season at an average of less than one goal a game meaning at least one side will fail to hit the back of the net.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Bristol City beat Sunderland 4-1 at Ashton gate in 1976 and although a long shot, it does come in at 28/1.

The Black Cats have already conceded four goals in a game this year and with the Robins boasting Bobby Reid in their ranks, anything could happen.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!