Having put up some stern resistance in recent games against Chelsea and Liverpool, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Black Cats to frustrate the Red Devils at Old Trafford
Manchester United will be looking to record fourth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since May 2015 when they welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Having overcome Tottenham, Crystal Palace and West Brom in their last three matches, Jose Mourinho’s men are clear 2/9 (1.22) favourites with Betway to maintain their resurgent form with another victory here.
The Black Cats have lost six and won just one of their eight away games this season, but are available at 11/1 (12.00) to cause a shock by coming out on top in this one.
Four of the hosts’ last five home games have resulted in draws in the league, and you can get odds of 11/2 (6.50) on them being held to another stalemate on this occasion.
While David Moyes is sure to be eager to impress as he returns to the ground where he spent an unsuccessful nine months, he is unlikely to take too many risks in search of victory.
Instead, the Scotsman will probably set his side out in similarly defensive fashion to the recent big games against Liverpool and Chelsea, when determined rearguard action restricted the league’s top two to just three goals between them.
Although both of those fixtures ultimately resulted in defeat, the guests may hold out some hope for frustrating a home team that has hit the back of the net just four times in their last five league games in front of their own fans.
However, having failed to score in five of their previous six away league games, Jermaine Defoe & Co. are unlikely to find much joy at the other end of the pitch against a backline that has only conceded six times in eight games at Old Trafford.
All in all, odds of 5/4 (2.25) seem generous on a determined Sunderland team ensuring under 2.5 goals are scored for the sixth consecutive league game at this ground, as well as their sixth in eight away from home.
|Under 2.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1pt stake with Betway|