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Sunderland vs Coventry Predictions

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Sunderland vs Coventry Predictions

  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their last nine home league games (Won 7, Drew 2).
  • Coventry are unbeaten in their last four Championship away games (Won 2, Drew 2).
  • Coventry lost only four of their final 16 Championship away games last season.

Sky Blues and Sunderland set for stalemate 

Coventry look capable of claiming a draw against Sunderland when the Black Cats open their Championship programme at the Stadium of Light. There’s little between the two clubs in the betting but the Sky Blues might just have too much nous at this level for Alex Neil’s men to get their return to the second flight off to a winning start.

Sunderland sorted themselves out under the Scotsman’s stewardship last term, a 16-game unbeaten run ensuring they made it to the play-offs and through them at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers. The summer recruitment drive has not gone so smoothly for Neil, who is still in need of help up front and a capable back-up keeper.

No doubt the home crowd’s roar will galvanise them to some extent on Saturday, but Coventry became masters at managing tough away fixtures last term.  They sat in and waited for home teams to over-commit before striking on the counter-attack – the 3-1 win at Fulham in April being a prime example.

Canny Coventry can keep it tight

But when opponents couldn’t step it up or refused to do that, Robins’ side were happy to settle for an away point to keep their points tally ticking over. Only Millwall, Preston and Birmingham City drew more Championship games than the Sky Blues last term and a stalemate could well be on the cards here.

Robins should have a fully fit senior squad bar skipper Liam Kelly and one or two will have a point to prove on Wearside. South Shields-born Martyn Waghorn never really got a chance at his local club and will be desperate to show the Black Cats what they missed, although probably from the bench if favoured strike duo Viktor Gyokeres and Matty Godden need help.

Backing the draw at decent odds seems the way forward here, despite the temptation to take the visitors as a draw no bet proposition. Sunderland aren’t used to losing at home and Neil – ever the pragmatist – might decide that a point is a fair reward too.

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