Market: Sunderland win
Odds: 20/21 @ 888sport
Looking to take a giant step towards booking a play-off spot, Sunderland will welcome Watford to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Sunderland might have only made their Championship return this season, the Black Cats have continued on a stellar second-tier romp. Last seen putting in another eye-catching display as they claimed a shock 2-1 victory away at West Brom, Tony Mowbray’s men are riding a major wave of momentum since returning from March’s international break. Skyrocketing their way into the top-six and seen as a leading contender to claim a stunning play-off spot in 2023, the former Blackburn boss finds his side in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run against Championship opposition. Likewise, mustering 10 points from just their last four second-tier appearances, Sunderland should be looking to make another statement on Saturday afternoon. Without a single defeat to their name since back on March 15th, Mowbray’s side should be relishing Watford’s arrival this weekend. It should also be noted, the Black Cats have bagged 10 strikes in their previous five Championship outings.
As for the visitors, while Watford might have opened the 2022/23 campaign tipped as one of the standout picks to clinch an immediate Premier League return, Chris Wilder’s side are enduring a real second-tier struggle. Last seen putting in another nightmare display as they were hit with a 1-0 loss away at Hull, the former Sheffield United boss has come under a huge amount of scrutiny. Now battling it out in the bottom-half of the Championship table, the Hornets have claimed just a single win from any of their last seven appearances – a run that stems back to March 14th. With their extended issues highlighted by a 3-1 drumming at home against Cardiff on April 19th, Wilder’s side have also gained a reputation for their rather glaring struggles on the road. In fact, Watford have remarkably failed to win any of their last nine straight showdowns away from Vicarage Road.
Bet: Sunderland 20/21 to beat Watford in Saturday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport
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