Sunderland v Reading: Mackems can succeed by tight margin

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Sunderland prepare to welcome Reading to the Stadium of Light knowing that the teams traded 2-1 victories the last time they shared a league.

That was during the 2007/2008 season, with either side proving successful on their own turf, indicating that Sunderland may be worth backing at 4/5 this weekend, with 15/2 the price attributed to a 2-1 home success.

Both teams have a point to show for their Premier League efforts thus far this season, though Reading have played twice in contrast to the Mackems’ sole outing at Arsenal.

The Royals were far from disgraced in a 4-2 defeat at Chelsea though, and could see some support at 7/2 for victory here.

Reading have emerged triumphant from three of their last four meetings with Sunderland, though this could prove the biggest test as they again look to adapt to top-flight life.

5/2 is the price given for the draw here, though that outcome has not occurred in 16 years and eight fixtures between the two sides.

Also, Sunderland were victorious in each of their home games against newly-promoted sides last season, boding well for the Black Cats in this fixture.

Correct score betting could attract some punters in this game meanwhile, considering the noticeable pattern that has emerged from the most recent clashes of the teams.

Each of the last three encounters have finished with a 2-1 scoreline, with Reading coming out on top twice, and Sunderland once, at the Stadium of Light.

The travelling Royals are 14/1 for back-to-back 2-1 wins over the Black Cats.

The aforementioned recent trend of results would also seem to suggest it is likely both teams will find the net, and it is a tempting 4/5 that they do so.

Punters can alternatively take 3/1 odds about Sunderland winning a game in which they concede, which tempts considering their relatively narrow positive goal difference at home last term.

In terms of goalscoring options meanwhile, Louis Saha will look to impress if handed a home debut, and the Frenchman is 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

Stephane Sessegnon is an 11/2 hope, whilst the visitors’ Pavel Pogrebnyak, who notched at Chelsea in midweek, is a big 8/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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