With mounting relegation fears prevalent for Sunderland, the visit of Manchester United is unlikely to afford the hosts any respite.
The Mackems have had club captain Lee Cattermole and top scorer Steven Fletcher ruled out until the end of the season, which further erodes their chances of achieving a shock victory at 9/2 here.
And immense confidence should be placed in the 3/5 away side, who are unbeaten in their past 21 league meetings with Sunderland.
They have won on four of their last six visits to the Stadium of Light too, and emerged triumphant from their past five league matches without conceding a single goal.
Therefore, United appear tempting 5/4 shots to keep a clean sheet against their blunt hosts, who have the fourth-worst attacking record in the Premier League.
As aforementioned, Fletcher’s absence will further hinder the Black Cats’ hopes, and at 17/10, the Red Devils make much appeal to win to nil once again.
Low-scoring affairs have tended to emanate from this pairing’s most recent encounters also, with less than three strikes emerging from five of the past six meetings between them.
With that in mind, investing in total result markets in this match could prove profitable.
United are a hefty 3/1 to triumph in a match featuring less than 2.5 goals, and that looks well worthy of consideration.
It may also interest punters that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have beaten Sunderland 1-0 in two of the last three renewals of acquaintances, with the Red Devils’ last trip to the North East included in these.
13/2 is available regarding the possibility of United claiming another 1-0 success at the Stadium of Light.
Wayne Rooney was the match-winner in this fixture last season, and after two goals in two England appearances during the international break, will return to the Reds fold in buoyant mood.
He is 7/2 to break the deadlock, whilst team-mate Robin Van Persie, who opened the scoring against the Mackems in the reverse fixture earlier this season, is 3/1 to notch first.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.