Sunderland v Man Utd Betting Predictions | Back a Away Win at 5/2 with BetfairPublished April 06, 2017
There was a distinct feeling of resignation about Sunderland after their defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night, despite an initially good performance. The Black Cats are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League betting season, ten points adrift and without a win in six games. It all looks very bleak for David Moyes.
The Scot faces his former club Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, but it is hard to see anything other than a comfortable away win, meaning there is little value in this game overall.
Jose Mourinho’s side have endured a frustrating week, drawing with West Brom and Everton at home, taking their tally of ties at Old Trafford to a staggering nine games. But they do have the second best away record in the league, winning eight of 13 and conceding just 13 goals.
Sunderland will always have a threat in front of goal because of Jermain Defoe, but Mourinho’s use of wingbacks in recent weeks suffocates the opposition. Against Middlesbrough, for example, in their last away trip, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia were key to the win because they held the shape in attack and allowed Juan Mata to cut inside.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has lost his form, but may have to step up in the absence of the Spaniard who has suffered with injuries of late. Sunderland will look to keep their shape at all times, using Defoe as an outlet, so Paul Pogba will have to step up and make runs from deep to break the wall.
Moyes could risk it by putting Anichebe up front with Defoe. Middlesbrough found joy with two strikers when they introduced Rudy Gestede alongside Alvaro Negredo, and it would certainly make Defoe much more effective, especially with Adnan Januzaj unable to face his parent club. But it would leave them exposed and United could easily pick them off from the start.
Either way, we are backing a comfortable away win here with generous odds on a Betfair free bet.