Stoke v Sunderland
Saturday 3:00pm BST
8 of the last 9 games have gone Under 2.5 goals and we can’t ignore that. We’re taking the 1.79 on offer with Bet365.
These 2 teams have been just awful, both winless and rooted to the bottom of the table. Stoke are 19th with 3 points and Sunderland bottom with just 2 points and a slightly better goal difference. Who knows if that might come in handy in May.
Surprisingly, Sunderland have the better recent record winning 3 and drawing 2 of the last 5. The record is even better over the larger 10-match sample as it extends to 5 wins and 4 draws with just the one win to Stoke 3 seasons ago.
The Under 2.5 goals features heavily in our sample with 8 of the 10 matches. Both Teams have scored in only 4 games and this could be dour as befits two teams struggling deep in the relegation zone.
We’ve seen an early goal in 5 of the last 7 matches but not in the last 2. Sunderland have opened the scoring in 4 of the last 5 matches. As we know about David Moyes sides, if they can get into the second-half on level terms then they go a little more aggressive in the 2nd half.