Sunderland vs Manchester United Premier League – Betting tips and match preview

sunderlandSunderland takes on mighty Manchester United this Sunday in Premier League at 17:00 CET at the Stadium of Light. Manchester United will go into match knowing a win could give them first place in Premier League with one round remaining, but they will need help from Liverpool for that to happen.

One point up to Chelsea

Before today’s fixture Manchester United is trailing Chelsea by one point, which means they can only use a win against Sunderland, if they are to reclaim the title. With Chelsea having the better goal score, a draw will not be worth much, should Chelsea loose against Liverpool earlier today. Manchester United comes in to the game after winning their previous two fixtures in the Premier League, where they beat Tottenham 3-1 in their last game at Old Trafford and won 1-0 away against Manchester City before that. This must leave manager Sir Alex Ferguson with high hopes for today’s match, which at least on paper looks easier for the Red Devils.

However, Sunderland is by far no walkover for Manchester United. In this Premier League season they have beaten teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool playing at home and have impressive nine wins out of 18 fixtures at the Stadium of Light with only two defeats. Sunderland also comes into the match with two fresh victories against Burnley and Hull, and manager Steve Bruce’s squad could top off a good season by winning today.

Lee Cattermole coming back

For today’s game Sunderland could see the return of Midfielder Lee Cattermole after three weeks absence, which could give them a good addition to their midfield. In defense they could also have George McCartney back after his two months injury, while duo John Mensah and Andy Reid has been ruled out for the season. Alan Hutton will surely be out after being sent off against Hull last round.

manutdOn the other side Manchester could be strengthened by the return of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, which are both in the squad for today’s match. However, they will surely have to be tested before the game and it is questionable whether the duo will have the fitness to play a full match. Manchester United will also be missing Gary Neville due to injury along with long term absentees Welbeck, Owen and Anderson.

The result in today’s game could depend a lot on the result at Anfield 45 minutes earlier. A Chelsea win or loose will surely change the psychological pressure on Manchester United going into the game, and the question is whether Sir Alex Ferguson will even tell his players the result, if possible not to.

The match odds for the game at the Stadium of Lights are set at 9.00 for Sunderland to win, at 4.50 for the draw and at 1.36 for Manchester United to win at 888sport. The odds for Manchester United to win are very low, which are not surprising given their recent wins over wins over Manchester City and Tottenham. They are surely the big favorites today and actually have an unbeaten run of 13 matches against Sunderland, although they only managed to draw in their last game at Old Trafford this season.

Our prediction for the match will be a Manchester United win, but at the same time it will likely be a close match, and sports betters looking for more value should consider betting on the handicap draw at odds 3.40 at 888sport. We find the most likely results to be either 0-1 or 1-2 for the game today, which can also be played at 888sport at odds 6.50 and 8.50 respectively.

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