Accrington might not have any tangible reason to win this match but Sunderland certainly do. The main question though is, will they? Find out with our Sunderland vs Accrington match preview with free tips, predictions, and odds mentioned along the way.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Our best value predictions
- Prediction one: Match result – Sunderland @ 1/2
- Prediction two: Handicap – Sunderland to win -1 @ 27/20
- Prediction three: Both teams to score – Yes @ 20/23
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- 1 Sunderland vs Accrington: Our best value predictions
- 2 Sunderland vs Accrington: Further game detail
- 3 Sunderland to find form at optimum moment?
- 4 Sunderland vs Accrington: Any other business
Sunderland to keep the automatic promotion fight going?
They say you want to arrive in the playoffs but with just a few games left Sunderland are far from that; they've not won in five games. It's not all it seems though because they've had a tough run of fixtures and they remain strong at the Stadium of Light having suffered just one defeat in their last 11 home matches. It's the reason we're happy in the prediction that Sunderland will beat Accrington who have managed just two wins across their past 10 away games.
A comfortable win for the Black Cats
Given we've touched on Sunderland's far from perfect form you might question why we're backing them to win with a handicap from the off. Are Sunderland that good? Are Accrington that bad? The truth is it's somewhere in the middle; Sunderland have scored eight goals in their last five home games with three of their past five wins being by more than one goal. Then there is the opponent, Accrington. In their past five away games they've shipped a sickening 14 goals – that's nearly three a game.
Both sides to find the net
In addition to Sunderland winning with room to spare, we also think both sides will register on the score sheet. Accrington might have suffered in respect of results on the road but they've scored in seven of their last 10. Then you have Sunderland who are very hard to keep out; the Black Cats haven't blanked at home since the first week of December. Given the fragile Accrington backline we've already discussed, it's hard to imagine Sunderland struggling for a goal.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Further game detail
Sunderland to find form at optimum moment?
Sunderland's grip on automatic promotion is almost gone. They can't cry about it though because they'll need to find form ahead of the playoffs, which are a practical guarantee. Accrington sit 12th and, in truth, they'll be pretty happy with that return. They will still be aspiring for a higher finish though so Sunderland won't have it all their own way.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Any other business
- Will Sunderland win promotion? – Odds of 13/8 say yes but only via the playoffs
- Who is the Sunderland manager? – Lee Johnson
- What time is kick-off? – 3 PM GMT