Manchester United vs Sunderland will play as part of England championship next round
The host team is mosty likely to have a confident win.
MU comes to life gradually. Mourinho players won 4 wins in a row with a total score of 7 – 2. The Red Devils were able to get 3 points in the last away match with WBA, didn’t allow their opponent to create the goal moments at the front, although the Blackbirds are now in good shape. MU already lags 4 points behind Arsenal as a result, the position is not as critical as it has been before. No doubt, Manchester United will try to score maximum points before West Ham and Liverpool January matches.
And the hosts are lucky, as 4 Sunderland first team players will not participate in the match. All the midfielders won’t travel to Old Trafford: Watmore, Rodwell, Kirchhoff and Januzaj. The substitutes are also injured: Gooch and Cattermole, both midfieldplayers, and defenders McNair and Jones. The Pienaar’s playing is another questionable part. It’s trite to say so, but Sunderland coach will have nobody to bolster the game.
The central line is the weakest Cats point. That’s why Sunderland scores a little, as the midfield cope badly with their functions. And the most useful midline player Watmore is injured now (5 assists). Though Defoe scored 8 goals this season (3 penalties), but he is a dependent player, he will not be able to create a moment. So only a single first team footballer, the holding midfielder, Ndong, purchased this summer, will play in the match.
Moyes will have to put defender Denayer in a pair with Ndong in the center again. Khazri will keep another vacant position, playing 436 minutes without showing himself at all this season. And surely we will see either Borini or Larsson in the center (or maybe both, depending on the game scheme). Both players spent in the hospital most of the season, and were invisible in extreme games. Except, perhaps, the Swede, who could have saved his team in the game with Chelsea.
Due to all this, we can assume that MU will “gobble up” the Cats in the middle of the field after some Sunderland squad failures. The home team will take the game completely under their control. The Cats gave the initiative to all their opponents in every away match. Therefore it is not surprising Sunderland got only 4 points, scored 4 goals and conceded 13 in away matches. Moyes players had 43% of ball possession only in the game with Stoke City, in all other away matches less than 40%. And let Liverpool, MC and Tottenham had total advantage in home matches. Even Bournemouth had 70% of ball possession during playing time and kicked 22 shots on goal to Sunderland.
Generally the Cats allow too much in their own penalty area. Sunderland allowed to kick 163 shots on goal, 48 on target in 8 away matches. If it is not for the goalkeeper Pickford great game, Sunderland could not have got any points in away matches. MU, in their turn, kicked 145 shots on goal, 51 on target in 8 home matches. Yes, the Red Devils have scored just 11 goals at Old Trafford, but Manchester United played well in the last matches.
Ibrahimovic “woke up” in the host team, having scored 10 goals in his last 10 matches. The Swede will definitely have an opportunity to score, considering Sunderland allowance to kick 20 shots on goal in every match in average. The Cats have poor defence (28 conceded goals shows this), and if we consider the first team problems, then we can expect the hosts confident victory.
Manchester United to win odds: 1.19 at RealDealBet
Draw odds: 7.25 at TipBet
Sunderland to win odds: 15.00 at YouWin
Under 2.5 odds: 2.20 at YouWin
Over 2.5 odds: 1.58 at RealDealBet