On paper, Sunderland beat Northampton 10 times out of 10. Football isn't played on paper though so will they collect maximum points this time? Find out with our Sunderland vs Northampton match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Sunderland vs Northampton: Our betting picks
- Prediction one: Match result – Sunderland @ 3/5
- Prediction two: To win to nil – Sunderland @ 8/5
- Prediction three: Over/under goals – Over 2.5 @ 4/5
The odds provided are up to date at the time of publication. Odds are subject to change though and you should always check with your bookmaker before placing any bets. Our recommended bookmaker for this match is Ladbrokes.
- 1 Sunderland vs Northampton: Our betting picks
- 2 Sunderland vs Northampton: Your key stats
- 3 Sunderland to end regular season with a win
- 4 Sunderland vs Northampton: A final thought
Sunderland to enter playoffs off the back of a win
Neither of these teams have been in good form of late; each have a record of one win in five and three in their last 10. Of course, there is still a marked difference between them. Sunderland's poor form saw them miss out on the automatic promotion spots whilst Northampton fell to relegation as a result of theirs. One thing that tells us is that Sunderland have a boat load more quality in their ranks. The other factor for consideration is that Sunderland will want to carry a winning feeling into the playoffs.
Three points and a clean sheet for Sunderland?
So, Sunderland are going to win. At least that's the prediction we've made. The next step is how they're going to win. Our tip is that they'll do so with a clean sheet. Northampton are the lowest goal scoring side in the league with 40 in 45 games and Sunderland have the third best defensive record. Beyond that, a look at the last five home wins Sunderland have recorded will tell you they've won four of them to nil. Northampton have failed to score in three of their last five away.
A plethora of goals
With Northampton demoralised by their relegation and Sunderland wanting to send a message to their other playoff contenders we expect a strong showing from the Black Cats. Six of their last 10 games have seen over 2.5 goals and they themselves have scored three goals in two of their last three matches. Then there is Northampton; they too have seen the 2.5 goals measure broken five times in 10 – all coming in their last six games.
Sunderland vs Northampton: Your key stats
Sunderland to end regular season with a win
Sunderland will be kicking themselves at what might have been given how few points they've collected over the run in. It's all about the playoffs now though and we all know how important a winning mentality is. A home match against an already relegated side is one of the best fixtures luck could serve up. It should allow Sunderland to put on a dominant showing.
Sunderland vs Northampton: A final thought
- Who is the favourite to win this match? – Sunderland
- What time does the game KO? – 12 PM GMT
- Will Sunderland go up to the Championship? – The betting odds have them as the favourites so quite possibly