Sunderland v Wolves, Sat 15:00
After last week’s frankly humiliating defeat at the hands of Everton, Sunderland couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to return to winning ways than the one they have this weekend as Bet365 offers long odds on Wolves grabbing a shock win at the Stadium of Light.
After enjoying such an impressive run of form since Martin O’Neill took over the North East club, it would seem that the other participants in the English top flight have almost cottoned on to the Black Cats’ wily ways as the side don’t look quite as assured as they were two months ago.
Sunderland have won just two of their last eight league outings, drawing three and losing three in the process.
However, while that form isn’t one that O’Neill will be massively pleased with, it’s still a stretch better than Wolves’, with Terry Connor earning just one point from a possible 24 since being appointed manager of the West Midlands outfit.
The seven-match losing streak that the team are currently on almost symbolises the kind of season the team have had and considering they are now some nine points from safety, look nearly assured to be plying their trade in the Championship next campaign.
John O’Shea, Lee Cattermole and Fraizer Campbell are all fighting for full fitness ahead of Saturday’s fixture after varying periods on the sidelines with injury.
Wolves have a bounty of absences themselves David Edwards the only player even hoping to return from injury.
One man who is certain to miss the trip to Wearside is Sebastien Bassong who took a very early shower in the midweek game at Arsenal, seeing red in the opening stages.
Statistically speaking, Wolves have the worst defence in the Premier League and its third worst offence and when considering that Sunderland have kept clean sheets in almost half of their home matches this campaign, the chances of the visitors scoring this weekend look slim indeed, let alone coming away with any points in hand.