Shaky Sunderland can stutter against Saints

Sunderland have been wobbling at Stadium of Light

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Betting Tip: Graziano Pelle - Sunderland vs Southampton @ 9/2 with williamhill

Aside from a hard-fought 1-0 derby win against a sinking Newcastle side, Sunderland have looked pretty woeful at the Stadium of Light recently. Losing 4-0 at home to Aston Villa saw Gus Poyet relieved of his duties, although a 4-1 reverse against Crystal Palace in their last home match illustrates that confidence is wafer-thin in front of expectant supporters.

A 1-1 draw at Stoke last weekend suggests there is fight in the old dog yet, although Dick Advocaat’s team are stuck in the relegation zone and they face tricky opponents on Saturday, with Southampton having dished out the biggest thrashing of the Premier League season when winning the reverse fixture 8-0.

Ronald Koeman has done an excellent job in his first season at St Mary’s and they are 27 points better off than their opponents, even if recent form has seen the Saints win four of their past thirteen games.

Three defeats in the last four away matches will have especially disappointed their Dutch manager who goes head-to-head with compatriot Dick Advocaat and he’ll be pleased that Graziano Pelle has started finding the net again. Three in three goals suggests the Italian could be a First Goalscorer bet here.

Indeed, we’ll go for that pick rather than predict the winner of the match, with the bookies pricing up the visitors predictably short and we can’t go with Sunderland with any confidence.

Betting Tip: Graziano Pelle - Sunderland vs Southampton @ 9/2 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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