The Black Cats played their part in a terrific match on Tuesday when going down 4-2 to Chelsea at the Stadium of Light and while manager Steve Bruce cited some lapses in concentration for that defeat, he’d have been pleased enough with the host’s efforts.
Scoring goals following Bent’s £24m shock departure was perceived to be a problem for Sunderland going forward but they have won their last two matches away from home now, a 1-0 triumph at Villa Park and 2-1 win at Blackpool, and have enough about them throughout to trouble any side in the top flight. >
In fact, Sunderland’s 3-0 victory at Chelsea in mid-November came when Bent was on the sidelines and Stoke shouldn’t be such a short price to secure all three points at the Britannia.
No bigger than 2.20 to oblige, Stoke are returning home following four successive away games and, while they weren’t disgraced at Anfield on Wednesday when succumbing 2-0 to Liverpool, finding the net has been an issue of late for Tony Pullis’ side.
Stoke’s success in recent seasons on their return to the top flight has been built upon excellent home form but the fortress has been breached on four occasions already this term and Sunderland should be confident ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Tottenham, Manchester United, Blackpool and Fulham have all triumphed at the home of the Potters in the current campaign and Stoke currently sit five places and seven points behind their upcoming opponents.
While there is little to choose between them, Sunderland should not be above the 4.00 mark to secure a hat-trick of away victories in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off and that price with VC Bet is tempting. However, it’s always nice to have the stalemate on side and opposing Pullis’ men is the call.
2pts Lay Stoke (vs. Sunderland) @ 2.20 (Betfair)