Sunderland v Burnley Match Preview and Betting Tips

March 14, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Saturday 18 March – the Stadium of Light – Premier League

Sunderland are running out of games to secure their Premier League future and if they can’t take three points against travel sick Burnley, David Moyes might as well start preparing for life in the Championship.

Past Meetings

The omens aren’t good for the Black Cats. It’s just a few short months ago that Burnley were last on Wearside, in the FA Cup Third Round, and a goalless draw saw the tie go back to Turf Moor.

Burnley duly took a 2-0 win on their own patch, having hammered Sunderland 4-1 in the league just a week before their cup meeting.

Team News

Both Moyes and Sean Dyche have injury concerns ahead of the match. Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour and Dean Marney are each various degrees of doubts for visitors.

Tom Heaton and Joey Barton were both able to start against Liverpool but Dyche said prior to the Anfield trip that Defour’s hamstring injury is taking longer to heal than first hoped. Gudmundsson, meanwhile, has had a knee issue but could make it.

Sunderland at least have Jan Kirchkoff back in training, the German having been crucial to survival last season under Sam Allardyce, but the absence of Victor Anichebe and Duncan Watmore – the latter a long-term loss – restricts the manager’s attacking options.

Sunderland vs Burnley Preview and Predictions

Burnley are reportedly sick of talking about their terrible away record – no wins and only two points on the road this season – but the comments will continue until they finally break their duck.

There was a ray of hope on Merseyside a week ago when Ashley Barnes opened the scoring but it wasn’t long before the dark clouds returned. Sunderland though lack the quality of Liverpool – or, given their bottom of the table, anyone else in the division – so if Burnley can take the lead, they might just hold on.

Jermain Defoe remains the danger man for the home side but not even the ex-England international has been able to find the back of the net in Sunderland’s last three fixtures. They’ve fallen to consecutive defeats, conceding eight goals in the process, without reply.

Moyes’ boys are a best price of 13/8 in this pivotal contest, though Sunderland’s recent home record makes for troubling reading. They’ve not won in front of their fans since a December 17 victory against Watford, drawing three and losing three of the six ensuing games.

Burnley are around 2/1 across the board to get a first away win of the campaign, one that would edge the Lancashire club closer to the magic 40-point mark and all-but-guarantee another year in the top flight.

The draw is 9/4 and there can be little doubt that parity would help the visitors significantly more than it would the hosts.

Recommended Bets

Under 1.5 goals at 2/1

Only Middlesbrough have scored fewer goals than Sunderland this season and Burnley aren’t exactly prolific either.

One team to score at 13/10

If there is a winner it’ll be by a slim margin. It’s hard to see a goal-fest, and equally difficult to pick a winner.

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