Sunderland

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Stadium of Light

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Hull City

V

Stadium of Light

20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Bottom club Sunderland host Hull at the Stadium of Light as the Championship relegation dogfight really hots up.

Last time: A late David Meyler equaliser salvaged a point for Hull back in September, after James Vaughan had given the visitors an early lead. The Black Cats failed to win any of their next 10 games, a run that sees them rooted to the bottom of the table.

This time: Sunderland are 19/10 for the win, while Hull are 17/10 and the draw is 23/10.

You might remember: Jermain Defoe’s opener and a Victor Anichebe brace handed Sunderland a 3-0 the last time the teams met at the Stadium of Light in November 2016. From that team, only Billy Jones and Dider Ndong started the Black Cats’ last game against Cardiff.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Sunderland have won only one of their last 13 fixtures at the Stadium of Light but aren’t doomed to League One relegation yet

Two clubs that were plying their trade in the Premier League just last season find themselves in direct competition to avoid the drop down to League One. A second relegation in as many years would be disastrous for both clubs, so there’s a lot riding on this game.

Sunderland are 19/10 to record their fourth victory under Coleman. There’s certainly been an upturn in form since the Welshman’s arrival, with the Black Cats winning just a single game from the 17 before he took over. Now just three points from safety, a win would lift the Mackems out of the drop zone if Bolton lose against Ipswich.

Hull are 17/10 to deal a damaging blow their hosts’ hopes and give themselves a timely boost. Nigel Adkins made a winning start to life at the KCOM Stadium, but hasn’t tasted victory in the six games since. While the FA Cup could prove a welcome distraction, the Tigers’ season will be judged on results like the defeat at Bolton and goalless draw at home to Reading in their last two fixtures.

The draw is 23/10, showing how the bookmakers are struggling to call this contest. With so much riding on the game it could be a cagey affair and settled by the odd goal. a 0-0 stalemate is priced at 8/1, while a one goal winning margin is 5/4.

After Bournemouth recalled Lewis Grabben from his loan spell at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland look very short of goals. McGeady is now the club’s top scorer with five, and if he’s fit to play on Saturday he’s 27/5 to find the net anytime.

Will Keane is one of the favourites to score the first goal of the game, which would also be his first goal for Hull. He’s priced at 23/4 to break the deadlock, the same price as Adama Diomande, Frazier Campbell and Nouha Dicko.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Buses. After waiting a day short of a year for a home win, a second one could come relatively quickly for the Black Cats. Despite the drubbing at Cardiff last time out, the signs are generally positive under Coleman and Sunderland are 15/2 to record another 1-0 win.

2

We fancy:

Second half to be highest scoring at 13/10. The opening exchanges are likely to be tense, with both sides feeling each other out before things spark into life in the second period. It’s 21/2 for the first goal to be scored after the 75th minute.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Jarrod Bowen to score the only goal of the game at 35/1. The 21-year-old forward is Hull’s top scorer with 11 Championship goals to his name this season, so he’s an attractive bet to nick the points with a decisive strike.

Written by Oli Coates

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