Friday, July 12, 2024

Bitesize Prediction: Sunderland vs Watford – 04/10/23

Competition: Championship

Market: Sunderland win

Odds: 1/1 @ BetUS

Looking to claim back-to-back Championship victories on Wednesday night, Sunderland will welcome Watford to the Stadium of Light.

Starting with the hosts, making an immediate return to winning ways over the weekend as they stormed their way to a routine 3-0 romp away at Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland have only continued to gain a string of praise. With their sights firmly set on claiming another play-off ticket this season, Tony Mowbray’s men have won four of their previous five Championship appearances – a run that stems back to a 0-0 stalemate against Coventry on August 26th. Likewise, heading into September’s international break with a famous performance at the Stadium of Light as they claimed a 5-0 romp against Southampton, the ex-Blackburn boss will be calling on his high-flying squad to lay down another marker here. Quickly gaining a reputation for their clinical displays in the final third, Sunderland have also suffered just a single loss from their previous seven appearances. Notching 14 strikes in their previous four Championship victories, the Black Cats will be smelling a chance on Wednesday night.

As for the visitors, while Watford might have opened up the 2023/24 campaign with their sights set on mounting a genuine play-off charge, the Hornets are in the midst of a real Championship struggle. Last seen over the weekend putting in a nightmare performance on home soil as they slumped to an action-packed 3-2 loss at the hands of Middlesbrough, it appears there is mounting pressure on Valerien Ismael’s shoulders. In fact, on a run that is highlighted by a 3-0 drumming against Leeds on September 23rd, Wednesday’s guests have claimed just a single victory from their previous nine appearances across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to the opening weekend. Showing some rather glaring defensive issues and now shipping eight strikes in their last three Championship contests, Watford should face a stern examination here. Still waiting to collect a single away victory since opening up the new campaign, we are backing what could be an enjoyable home win here.

Bet: Sunderland 1/1 to beat Watford in Wednesday’s Championship battle @ BetUS


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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