Manchester United visited the Stadium of Light on the last day of the 2011/12 season, with the home supporters taking delight in Manchester City’s late comeback to clinch the title, something that won’t have been forgotten by Sir Alex Ferguson and his men.
United are fifteen points clear at the top of the Premier League and will look to have the title sewn up as quickly as possible, although Ferguson must also consider an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday, so we might see an unusual starting XI taking to the field.
The best price about an away win is 4/6 with William Hill, with Ferguson having to assess several of his players after they return from the international break, although the smart money could be on Wayne Rooney to score the opening goal of the game.
The England forward is a 9/2 chance with Coral and is enjoying a purple patch in front of goal right now, despite the fact that he was dropped for a recent Champions League clash against Real Madrid. Rooney has scored in five of his last six matches.
As for Robin van Persie, he’s not been so hot in front of goal for the champions-elect in recent games, although he managed three in two for the Netherlands over the past week and will be a popular punt at odds of 4/1.
Sunderland are not in great shape after learning that Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher would play no further part this season thanks to respective injuries and it must have been galling for Martin O’Neill to see Fletcher sidelined after recently coming out of international retirement.
A draw would be a decent result for the Black Cats and that outcome can be backed at 3/1 with Paddy Power, while the home side are a 5/1 chance with Hills to claim a rare home win. The team will at least draw belief from the fact that they beat Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.
O’Neill’s team are just four points above the drop zone and Sunderland will surely concentrate on keeping things tight at the back against a side that possess plenty of attacking danger men.
Bet365 go 17/20 about Under 2.5 Goals and that has recently been the case at the Stadium of Light in recent matches, although one can’t help but feel United are on a roll and a 1-0 win in their favour makes the most appeal at 13/2 (Ladbrokes).