Man United Favoured to Take the Advantage at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland and Manchester United meet for the second time this season in this first leg of the Capital One Semi Finals following the bursting onto the football scene of Adnan Januzaj as his 77 minute appearance brought two goals and all three points for David Moyes’ men. This has been one of the few high points for United this season and they will be desperate for a repeat of this result at the Stadium of Light tomorrow evening, but will they be able to claim the advantage in this Capital One Cup Semi Final?
GR88.com believe so as they favour the away win for United, who have won all of the last six meetings with Sunderland are unbeaten against them since 1997, a run of 23 matches. GR88.com’s Sunderland v Manchester United match odds are as below.
Sunderland Victory – 4.40
Draw – 3.35
Manchester United Victory – 1.66
(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)
Sunderland’s progress through this tournament has been relatively straight forward for a side that sits bottom of the Premier League as they have recorded 4-2 and 2-0 wins over lower league opposition in the MK Dons and Peterborough before seeing off fellow Premier League sides Southampton and Chelsea to reach the final four stage. They were 2-0 up against Southampton before an 89th minute goal from the Saints saw them sweat before making the last eight where they trailed Chelsea until the 88th minute and despite Chelsea creating chance after chance it was the Black Cats that booked their place in the Semi Finals with a 118th minute goal to win the tie. Their league form has not been good, but they have not lost in either cup this season so will they be able to upset the odds today and move into the final?
United are not having a great season under their new management as they sit only 7th in the Premier League and were eliminated from the FA Cup at Old Trafford by Swansea at the weekend as William Bony scored an injury time winner for the Welsh side. They have now lost four of their last six matches and are certainly not striking fear into the hearts of their opposition as they once did, but with wins over Liverpool, Norwich and Stoke City in the Capital One Cup without a goal conceded they look to have fixed their attentions on claiming this trophy as a priority. Can they draw on their 17 year unbeaten run against Sunderland to see them bring an advantage back to Old Trafford for the second leg of this tie?
I am of the feeling that the odds on this match are correct as United, despite all their faults this season, are looking impressive in the Capital One Cup this season and are likely to take an advantage back to Old Trafford. Sunderland, however, are a gritty side and will dig deep in this match to ensure they are still in the running to make the final in the second leg. I can certainly see both of these sides finding themselves on the scoresheet in this match and I would not be surprised to see Sunderland get something from the game, but I feel the value is to be had on the goals market.
Back both Sunderland and Manchester United to score in this Capital One Cup Semi Final First Leg game @ 1.77 with GR88.com.