Competition: League One
Market: Sunderland win
Odds: 8/11 @ Bet 365
Handed a golden opportunity to close the gap on the automatic positions, a resurging Sunderland will make the trip to Prenton Park on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Tranmere may have managed to snatch an extra-time winner against a heavily-altered Watford last week, Micky Mellon’s men came crashing back down to earth over the weekend. Hit with a 6-0 hammering against Manchester United at Prenton Park on Sunday, Rovers open the midweek fixtures sat three points adrift of safety and in the midst of a five-match winless run in England’s third-tier. With just a sole victory to their name since the 2nd of November, there is no doubt that fans around Merseyside will be most concerned by their side’s issues on home soil. Including shipping six against United over the weekend, Tranmere have been hit with back-to-back League One defeats at Prenton Park.
As for the visitors, while Sunderland may have opened the New Year in the midst of a real crisis, Head Coach Phil Parkinson has seen his side steady the ship. While the Black Cats may have been disappointed to have only snatched a point off of Doncaster over the weekend, they are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run and they have also won three of their last four League One appearances. Reclaiming their spot in the play-offs and still with their sights set on securing a Championship return this year, Sunderland will also be booted by their most recent meeting against Wednesday’s hosts. When the two sides faced off back in October, the Black Cats grabbed a thumping 5-0 victory.
Bet: Sunderland 8/11 to beat Tranmere Rovers in Wednesday’s League One matchup @ Bet 365
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