Sunderland v Southampton Preview

February 14, 2014 | By

Ladbrokes - £50 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountFA Cup 5th round action Saturday Lunch Time comes from the Stadium of Light and features Sunderland versus Southampton.

View our Betting Preview, Match Odds, Tips and Predictions for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Sunderland v Southampton Preview, FA Cup, Saturday February 15th 2014

Since the arrival of new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, the side has been playing extremely well indeed and both the players and fans will be confident of keeping their excellent run going on saturday afternoon by winning this one. The ‘Black Cats’ have only lost once in their last nine matches and with home advantage they obviously have a big chance of progressing through to the next round.

Southampton are also in excellent form at the moment though and head into this game unbeaten in their last eight matches and with a hard fought 1-0 victory away against Hull City midweek in the Premiership, the confidence of the players will also be high and they too will believe they can win this game on saturday afternoon.

Sunderland Team News:

Steven Fletcher is the only confirmed casualty for the hosts as he continues to receive treatment for an achilles injury. Carlos Cuellar will under take a late fitness test as he struggles with a hip problem, but he is expected to be involved for this game.

Southampton Team News:

Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez are the only two players missing for the visitors as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Other than these two players, manager Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad to choose his starting lineup from.

Sunderland v Southampton Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday’s lunch time game from the Stadium of Light will become the 38th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Sunderland have won 11 (7 at the Stadium of Light), Southampton have won 16 times (5 at the Stadium of Light), with the other 10 games (7 at the Stadium of Light) having finished in draws.

The previous 5 games played between the two clubs show Sunderland having a clear advantage having won 2 games with Southampton having won none and the other three games finishing all square.

18/01/14 PRL Sunderland – Southampton 2 : 2
06/11/13 LEC Sunderland – Southampton
2 : 1
24/08/13 PRL Southampton – Sunderland 1 : 1
12/05/13 PRL Sunderland – Southampton 1 : 1
22/12/12 PRL Southampton – Sunderland 0 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

88 goals have been scored in the previous 37 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.37 and with 45 of these having came at the Stadium of Light in the previous 19 matches played, this provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.36.

Both average goals per game statisitcs are under 3.00, so it looks like this game on Saturday lunch time won’t see many goals scored, with possibly one or two at the most hitting the back of the nets.

Sunderland v Southampton Recent Form (Left to Right)

Sunderland: W W W W L

Southampton: W D W D W

Sunderland have a slight advantage on the recent form stats having won 4 and drawn 1 of their previous 5 matches played. Southampton are not far behind though and do remain unbeaten having managed 3 victories and 2 draws from their last 5 played.

Sunderland v Southampton Match Betting Odds Market

Sunderland have the all important home advantage here and having looked a much better side under the guidance of Gus Poyet, they are certainly not without a big chance of winning this game, so it does surprise me to see the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 9/4 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw is certainly a strong possibility here as with three of the last five meetings between the two clubs having finished all square and very little between them on recent form, the sensible choice would be to get at least something on the draw here at a current best price of 12/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Southampton are having a very good season and will definitely have been boosted by their midweek Premiership victory away to Hull City in which they won 1-0, but they have not managed to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in their last seven attempts either at home or away and for me do look a bit short at a current best price of 6/4 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

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

For me this is a game that really could go either way on the day as both of these sides are currently enjoying a purple patch of form, however Sunderland did lose their latest Premiership fixture last weekend at the Stadium of Light 2-0 against Hull City, whereas Southampton managed a 0-1 victory away against Hull City midweek, so based on those results Southampton obviously have the edge here and at their current odds, do look value.

The average goals per game statistics are suggesting this game to see very little in the way of goals scored, with maybe just one or two going in on saturday afternoon, so betting markets like Under 2.5 Goals and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 could be worth a closer look in the search of some additional value, but I fancy the visitors to win this game and extend their eight match unbeaten run.

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