Competition: League One
Market: Sunderland win
Odds: 7/10 @ 888sport
With a chance to potentially break into the top-two this weekend, Sunderland will make the trip to a struggling Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, hit with a late defeat on home soil in midweek in what was a must-win showdown, Bristol Rovers find themselves in the midst of a relegation scrap. Freefalling their way into the bottom-four sat and now sat two points adrift of safety, The Pirates were last seen getting hit with a worrying 1-0 defeat against Swindon. In fact, losing each of their last three League One contests on the spin and with just a single point to their name since March 9th, new boss Joey Barton has knows that he has quite the job on his hands at The Memorial Stadium. Facing what should be an overwhelming test when Sunderland come to town this weekend, Bristol have really struggled to match a similar level that saw them shock many and breeze past Accrington Stanley earlier in the month.
As for the visitors, while Sunderland would have been disappointed to have only collected a point against fellow promotion contenders Lincoln last weekend, The Black Cats have really found their feet under new boss Lee Johnson. With the mood in their camp appearing to be at the highest it has been in recent memory, they are tipped as a leading contender to book a Championship return this year. Lifting the EFL Trophy at an empty Wembley a fortnight ago after picking up a 1-0 win against Tranmere in the capital, the former Bristol City boss knows that victory this weekend could skyrocket them into the automatic positions. Unbeaten in their last 11 straight matchups across all formats and winning nine of those fixtures, there is no doubt that Sunderland should be smelling a golden chance on the road this weekend.
Bet: Sunderland 7/10 to beat Bristol Rovers in Saturday’s League One showdown @ 888sport