Sunderland v Manchester United Predictions and Betting Tips

April 06, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday 9 April – Stadium of Light – Premier League

David Moyes faces his former employers in the Sunday lunchtime kick off, with the Black Cats rock bottom of the Premier League.

Past Meetings

Despite being a considerable stretch apart in the Premier League table, Sunderland’s record against Manchester United is not too bad. They have beaten United twice in their last seven league meetings.

However current form very much puts United as favourites, and they beat Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing  Day 2016.

Team News

Sunderland boss Moyes has no new injuries to contend with ahead of United’s visit, midfielders Steven Pienaar, Duncan Watmore and Jan Kirchhoff all remained sidelined with long term injuries.

Former United defender Paddy McNair is also out as he continues his recovery from a serious knee problem.

Jose Mourinho has a much longer injury list to contend with ahead of this one. Defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are both ruled out through injury, meaning a likely start for Marcos Rojo alongside Eric Bailly in the United defence.

Captain Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young have both face late fitness tests on minor injuries, and Spanish international Juan Mata is already out.

Sunderland v Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Sunderland appear to be locked in an  irreversible downward spiral towards relegation, without a win in their last six Premier League games and without a victory at home since December 2016.

United did need a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty to secure a draw against Everton in midweek, but in general they are in very strong form domestically, with their last Premier League defeat coming in October 2016.

The Red Devils are desperate to push for a top our place and a return to  Champions League football for next season, so an away win looks very likely, priced at 2/5.

Despite having Jermain Defoe in their ranks, it also looks unlikely that Sunderland to score, and a United win with no Sunderland goal is 11/10.

Recommended Bets

Manchester United to win 3-0 at 8/1

United will be wounded animal following successive draws against West Brom and Everton, and they will want to get right back on track to secure European football for 2017-18, and that should start with a comprehensive win on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic to score anytime 4/7

Former Swedish international Ibrahimovic has been the main man for United this season, and he currently leads their goal scoring charts. He marked his return from suspension with a late equalizer against Everton and he will be a huge threat to Sunderland’s defence.

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