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20/01/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Stadium of Light V Predicted Score:1 - 0

Away Hull City

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.

Team News

Sunderland's Last Six:

Sunderland’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Chris Coleman has a host of injuries giving him a headache including Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady and Duncan Watmore, although Lamina Kone is back in training after a knee problem. Jack Rodwell is also nearing a return to fitness, but the former Everton and Manchester City man hasn’t featured under Coleman amid reports the club has offered to tear up his contract.

Hull City's Last Six:

Hull’s last six: Won: 0 Drawn: 3 Lost: 3

The Tigers could also welcome back a number of players for this one, with the likes of Abel Hernandez, Ryan Mason and Stephen Kingsley all being monitored day to day. Ondrej Mazuch and Kamil Grosicki are back in training after respective hamstring and ankle injuries, while James Weir and Moses Odubajo are long term absentees.

Sunderland vs Hull City Betting Tips, Preview & 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.

Predicted Score: Sunderland 1 - 0 Hull City

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