Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]helsea v Man U probably gets the vote for the Premier League match of the day – but I’m intrigued by the first game of the weekend, Sunderland v Southampton at the Stadium Of Light (12.45pm BT SPORT).Sunderland have finally found some momentum and are starting to panic those backers who have taken ultra short odds on them being relegation certainties.They climbed off the bottom of the table last weekend with a stunning 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage and a further three points today would lift them out of the bottom three (even if just for a short time).This could actually be their most important game of the whole season, and they’ll fancy their chances against a Southampton side who have gone off the boil after a superb start to the season, not to mention plenty of off the pitch drama this week with the departure of the chairman which in turn has left the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino in doubt.Saints won for only the second time in 10 Premier League matches at home to West Brom last weekend (W2, D2, L6). They also came unstuck against Sunderland in the Carling Cup – in which Sunderland have a great chance of reaching the final and will take a one goal lead to the semi final second leg at Old Trafford.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Nov 2013 Capital One Sunderland 2-1 SouthamptonAug 2013 Premier Southampton 1-1 SunderlandMay 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2012 Premier Southampton 0-1 SunderlandApr 2007 Championship Southampton 1-2 SunderlandNov 2006 Championship Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonJan 2003 Premiership Sunderland 0-1 SouthamptonDec 2002 Premiership Southampton 2-1 SunderlandMar 2002 Premiership Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2001 Premiership Southampton 2-0 SunderlandI expect Sunderland to win as Gus Poyet continues to improve the north east side who looked down for the count.At around 7/5 that will do for me. And the plan will then be just to settle back and watch Chelsea v Man U. Because when it comes to Man U… I haven’t got a clue anymore.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points SUNDERLAND at around 7/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): LOSS 25.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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