Sunderland v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 25, 2017
Saturday 29 April – Stadium of Light – Premier League
Bournemouth are the visitors to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, as Sunderland continue their drop towards the Championship. Barring divine intervention, defeat in the Tees-Wear derby on Wednesday all but consigns David Moyes’ men to the drop.
Sunderland have only ever lost to Bournemouth once, which was at the Vitality last season. The teams have only played each other nine times though, with the Black Cats winning this season’s reverse fixture 2-1. The Cherries claimed a point at the Stadium of Light in the last campaign, and failure to win again would all but confirm relegation for the hosts.
Moyes will hope that he has no fresh injury worries after the game against Middlesbrough. Billy Jones should be fit after a concussion, while Brian Oviedo isn’t expected back for another couple of weeks after a hamstring injury.
Bournemouth are still reeling from the loss of Jack Wilshere, who fractured his leg during the defeat at Tottenham. The midfielder may never play for the Cherries again after being linked with a big money move to the Chinese Super League.
Sunderland v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Bournemouth arrive at the Stadium of Light looking for a win to take them to the magical 40 point mark. Victory would see the Cherries have almost double the points tally of Sunderland, who look certain for relegation. Eddie Howe’s team make the long trip to the North East as favourites in the betting.
It remains to be seen whether Sunderland can rescue any pride from their season, which has looked doomed from the early days of the campaign. Moyes admitted they were in a relegation scrap from the outset, and this pessimism has continued throughout the campaign. If you think the Black Cats can complete the double over Bournemouth and win only their fourth home game of the season, you can get a price of 9/5.
The visiting fans make their longest trip of the Premier League campaign for this away day. Although they’re not in much danger of relegation, victory would all but guarantee top flight football for next season. Fresh from a 4-0 demolition of Middlesbrough last weekend, Howe’s men are 13/8 favourites for this one. If you think honours will be even, the draw is priced at 13/5.
Both teams to score at 8/13
Neither side is known for their great defence, and with forwards like Jermain Defoe and Josh King around, both sides are likely to score.
Sunderland to win from behind at 11/1
The Black Cats almost pulled off a win from behind against West Ham last weekend. Back them to go one better this time, as they show some fight in the face of relegation.