Sunderland to Win Four in a Row and Move Out of the Relegation Zone?

Sebastian Larsson fires in the winner in the 2-1 League Cup meeting between the sides this season.

Sebastian Larsson fires in the winner in the 2-1 League Cup meeting between the sides this season.

This weekend’s Premier League football gets underway with the third meeting of Sunderland and Southampton and despite sitting in the bottom three places in the league it is Gus Poyet’s men that unbeaten so far. The Black Cats led for 85 minutes of the reverse Premier League clash back at the end of August before the Saints levelled in the 88th minute to rescue a point and Sunderland also claimed a 2-1 victory at home in Capital One Cup, where they are now 90 minutes away from the final, but can they take all three points today and move out of the relegation zone?

The Sunderland v Southampton outright odds with bookmaker GR88.com do not favour the home side and they see the Saints continuing a resurgence that has seen them win two in a row before this weekend.

Sunderland v Southampton Match Odds:

Black Cats Victory – 2.88

Draw – 3.05

Saints Victory – 2.38

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

It has taken time, with this match being the 22nd game of the Premier League campaign for both Sunderland and Southampton, but the Black Cats look as if they’re finally getting their season together as they have won all of their last three games before this weekend. All three wins have come in different competitions as they defeated League One Carlisle in the FA Cup before securing a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi final then they defeated Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage in the league to move them off the bottom of the table. They will be confident for this match, but can they upset the odds and make it four wins in a row this weekend?

Southampton are enjoying their own resurgence at the moment following wins over Burnley in the FA Cup and West Brom in the Premier League after they had managed to defeat only Cardiff in nine games. Despite this turnaround in form, they have had a tough week as executive chairman Nicola Cortese resigned during the week and left questions hanging over the head of manager Mauricio Pochettino who had previous stated he would leave if Cortese did. To compound this, their away record is not the best either as they have only beaten Cardiff on the road in nine games since beating Liverpool at Anfield in September, so will they be able to put all their troubles behind them to take all three points?

Not only are Sunderland unbeaten in both matches against Southampton this season, they have not lost any of their last six matches against the Saints in a run that is now 11 years old. They have claimed victory in three, as well as having drawn three, of these six games and I feel that they offer fantastic value to win this match as the outsiders. However, with this weekend being the one year anniversary of Pochettino taking charge at Southampton as well as them having won both of their last two matches this game could swing either way for these sides. Both teams do have goals in them, as well as struggling to keep clean sheets lately, and I feel that we’ll see both of these sides find themselves on the scoresheet like in five of the last six meetings, including all three matches in 2013.

Back both the Black Cats and Saints to score in this Sunderland v Southampton match at the Stadium of Light this weekend @ 1.80.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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