Sunderland v Manchester United Preview

January 6, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewEnglish League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg action Tuesday Night comes from the Stadium of Light and features Sunderland versus Manchester United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Sunderland v Manchester United Preview, League Cup, Tuesday 7th January 2014

Sunderland head into this first leg match no doubt confident of getting a positive result having seen Manchester United lose yet again over the weekend when going down 1-2 at home against Swansea City and with Gus Poyet’s side having recorded a fine 3-1 victory in their FA Cup match over the weekend, the players confidence will no doubt be high.

Manchester United fans made their feelings very clear after witnessing their side go crashing out of the FA Cup with a 1-2 defeat at home against Swansea City by booing manager David Moyes and the players off the pitch and that will surely have had an affect in and around the club and if United were to lose this game on tuesday night then Mr Moyes could be very close to picking up his P45.

Sunderland Team News:

Carlos Cuéllar is the only player confirmed unavailable for this game as he continues to struggle with a hip injury. John O’Shea has been suffering from a knock and will under take a late fitness test, but it is believed that he will be involved for this game.

4-1-4-1 looks the likely formation that manager Gus Poyet will use for this game which will see either Fletcher or Altidore leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Larsson, Giaccherini, Gardner and Adam Johnson.

Striker Steven Fletcher is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 3.

Manhcester United Team News:

Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Nani and Robin Van Persie are all unavailable for the visitors as they receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation that manager David Moyes will use for this game which will see Danny Welbeck leading the attack up front with support in behind being provided by Wayne Rooney, Valencia and Kagawa.

Striker Wayne Rooney is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 9.

Sunderland v Manchester United Head to Head Statistics:

Tuesday night’s game from the Stadium of Light will become the 116th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Sunderland have won 33 (24 at the Stadium of Light) with Manchester United having won 55 (21 at the the Stadium of Light) and the remaining 27 matches having finished all square (13 at the Stadium of Light).

The last 5 meetings between the two clubs in our head to head statistics table below, shows Manchester United having dominated proceedings having won all five games played with Sunderland having not even managed to scrape a draw.

05/10/13 PRL Sunderland – Manchester United
1 : 2
30/03/13 PRL Sunderland – Manchester United 0 : 1
15/12/12 PRL Manchester United – Sunderland 3 : 1
13/05/12 PRL Sunderland – Manchester United
0 : 1
05/11/11 PRL Manchester United – Sunderland 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

358 Goals have been scored in the previous 115 matches between the two clubs which provides us with an overall goals per game statistic of 3.11 and with 185 goals having been scored at the Stadium of Light in 58 matches played we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 3.18 which seems to indicate that this game on Tuesday night should see it’s fair share of goals hit the back of the nets.

Sunderland v Manchester United Recent Form (Left to Right)

Sunderland: W W D W L

Manchester United: L D W W W

Nothing between the two clubs on the recent form statistics with both sides having managed 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat from their last 5 matches played in all competitions.

Sunderland v Manchester United Match Betting Odds Market

Sunderland are not given much chance of winning this game, with the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 4/1 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) for Gus Poyet and his side to record yet another giant killing act having already dumped Chelsea out of the competition in the previous round.

The Draw would not suit Sunderland at all here, but might be a result that Manchester United could live with as at least it will not go down as another defeat, but it is does look like being an unlikely outcome here at a current best price of 14/5 with Sky Bet (£30 Free Bets for New Customers).

Manchester United have this tournament left as their only real possibility of getting a trophy this season as with the Premiership title surely out of reach and their Champions League exit imminent, they surely must be the value play here at a current best price of 4/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Sunderland v Manchester United Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Sunderland caused a major shock by dumping Chelsea out of this competition in the previous round, but I can’t see history repeating itself here on tuesday night as although Manchester United are having a season to forget at the moment, they surely have the firepower up front to win this game.

However, Sunderland do have the all important home advantage and will obviously fancy their chances having seen United struggle for most of this season and it really is a game they must win if they are to stand any chance of progressing through to the final of this competition as you would think they would need a sufficient lead to take to Old Trafford in the second leg to go through.

The goal statistics are suggesting this game to see plenty of goals scored and with both defences having had major problems keeping sides out betting markets like Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score YES and Anytime Goalscorer’s could all provide some additional value here in what looks like being a very exciting match from the Stadium of Light on tuesday night.

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