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Sunderland vs Rochdale predictions for Tuesday’s League One clash at Stadium of Light. Different ambitions and 15 points separate these two sides. Read on for all our free League One predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Rochdale +1.25 Asian Handicap @ 37/40

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Sunderland 1-0 @ 5/1

Reason For Sunderland vs Rochdale Predictions

  • Sunderland have won three of their last five to cling to the final playoff place on goal difference.
  • Rochdale have won just once in their last five and are 11 points clear of relegation.
  • Sunderland have scored 38 goals this season but have just three in their last five.
  • Rochdale have scored six in their last five matches but only picked up five points.

Can Sunderland keep their heads above the playoff line?

Sunderland have had some indifferent form at times this season but a great run over Christmas and New Year saw them win five from seven and get back into the playoff picture. A recent loss to Portsmouth has left them hanging on to 6th place in League One by only goal difference and they’ll need a win here to keep the pressure on both the sides above them and the chasing pack.

The Black Cats have scored 38 goals this season, the lowest total in the top half and this has been the main thing stopping them from jumping into a more favourable positions. Goals have been an issue all season but no more so than in recent weeks where Sunderland have scored just three goals in five games.

Can Rochdale return home with all three points?

Rochdale haven’t really got going this season, failing to win consecutive games since October and just about doing enough to avoid a proper relegation fight. A string of poor results could leave them fighting for their League One status however and they’ll need to keep picking up wins to ensure they don’t have any issues as the season ends.

The side currently in 18th have scored an average of 1.16 goals per game this season, a record that they haven’t really been able to improve on in recent weeks with the side still sitting at around a goal a game in both the long and short term. A tight performance here could mean they leave the Stadium of Light with something though and their defence will have to stand up to a firm test.

Will Rochdale be able to plunge the Stadium of Light into darkness?

This game is an interesting one with Rochdale probably being a bit unlucky at points this season whilst the opposite can be said of Sunderland, who have ridden their luck at points. The handicap is set at 1.25 and that looks a little big, meaning we’re happy to back Rochdale to win the game with that advantage.

We think Sunderland will have a little bit too much for their opponents however and we’re backing the hosts to pick up a 1-0 win. This would still return a half win, half return on our initial prediction but its hard to see Rochdale leaving the game with a draw or better.

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