Sunderland vs SouthamptonEngland Championship, KO: 12:30 Sep 2, 2023, Stadium of Light
Southampton will be aiming to maintain their fine start to the season as they travel to Sunderland for a Saturday lunchtime clash. The Saints are still unbeaten in the league this season and should be too strong for the hosts, who have been unconvincing so far.
Sunderland have had a poor start to the season, managing one win in four Championship matches. It is a long way away from last season’s start when they lost just once in their opening five fixtures and eventually made the playoffs.
Having begun with two straight defeats this term, Sunderland appear to be stemming the tide of losses. They claimed a 2-1 home victory over Rotherham United before playing out a 0-0 draw at Coventry City in their previous Championship fixture.
Sunderland have struggled defensively so far as the draw at Coventry City earned them their first clean sheet of the season. Tony Mowbray’s men have also conceded in their three home matches across all competitions this term.
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While Sunderland are still struggling to find their feet, Southampton have enjoyed a solid start to the season. They have claimed three wins and a draw from their opening four matches and are just two points off the top of the standings.
Southampton travel to the Stadium of Light off the back of a 2-1 victory over QPR in their previous Championship fixture. Adam Armstrong continued his fine start to the season, netting the winner after Samuel Edozie’s first half effort had been cancelled out by the visitors.
Led by Armstrong, the goals have flowed freely for Southampton, who have scored at least two goals in each of their four Championship matches. However, the trade-off is that they are not as compact at the back, failing to keep a single clean sheet so far.
How the bookies view it
Southampton have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 13/10 by Coral to claim the win. Sunderland are outsiders at home at 11/4 with 10bet while a draw is set at odds of 11/4 with BoyleSports.
Head to head
Southampton have a 20-13 advantage with 12 draws from 45 previous matches against Sunderland. The Saints have won the last two meetings and claimed a 4-0 victory at the Stadium of Light in a Premier League fixture in 2017.
Players to watch
Jobe Bellingham netted a brace in Sunderland’s previous outing at the Stadium of Light and could be the one to watch on Saturday. The attacker is priced at 9/2 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Adam Armstrong has been one of the standout players for Southampton this season, scoring four goals in as many matches this season. The forward could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
Anything else catch the eye?
Sunderland and Southampton have struggled at the back this season and both teams could be backed to score at 8/13 with William Hill. The Saints have seen over 2.5 goals in their four Championship matches this season and a repeat is priced at 3/4 with 10bet while over 3.5 goals can also be considered at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
Southampton have opened the scoring in three of their four Championship matches and can be tipped to score first on Saturday at 17/20 with Coral.
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