Sunderland vs Southampton Predictions

Sunderland vs Southampton Predictions for Saturday’s Championship clash. Southampton make the trip North hoping to maintain their unbeaten record in the league and consolidate their top league position. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Sunderland vs Southampton Predictions


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The Rising Tide Meets the Resilient Saints

Key Stats
– Southampton’s first four Championship games witnessed 17 goals.
– Both teams have scored in seven of Sunderland’s last nine Championship fixtures.
– Southampton remain undefeated in the Championship, albeit by slender margins.

As another weekend of football rolls around, Sunderland prepare to welcome Southampton in a game that promises thrills. While the visitors from the south coast are riding high after their unbeaten start, Sunderland are searching for ways to put their shaky start behind them.

Current Form and Standings

Southampton’s voyage to the Stadium of Light comes at a moment when they are flourishing in the Championship. Their run includes being undefeated in their initial four matches, placing them at a commendable fourth spot. This resiliency is commendable, especially since they haven’t been entirely dominating, scraping by with one-goal wins.


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On the other hand, Sunderland, currently 18th, have found some rhythm, dodging defeat in their last two league engagements. Their start, however, wasn’t as smooth. Two consecutive defeats saw the Black Cats, managed by Tony Mowbray, initially languish at the bottom. A turnaround came in the form of a victory against Rotherham United and a draw against Coventry City, the latter proving their potential, given Coventry’s recent resurgence.

Team Analysis

Sunderland’s Ups and Downs

While the victory against Rotherham United and holding a rejuvenated Coventry side to a nil-nil draw have certainly boosted the morale at the Stadium of Light, challenges remain. The next hurdle is Southampton. Mowbray, looking ahead, realises the need for his squad to elevate their game against the recently-relegated Premier League team.

In terms of players, the team selection seems to hint at continuity. Jobe Bellingham, boasting an average BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.03 and having netted twice this season, could continue his central-attacking role. However, Alex Pritchard might find himself back in the playing XI, replacing Bradley Dack.

Southampton’s Winding Road

Southampton, despite their lofty position, have had their fair share of challenges. The team, under Russell Martin, hasn’t been at their most commanding, conceding seven times in four matches. However, their knack for netting late goals and securing victories – evident in the 2-1 scoreline against Queens Park Rangers – suggests a side that’s resilient.

Potential line-up changes could see Mason Holgate debuting for Southampton, filling in for the injured Jack Stephens. Meanwhile, Ryan Fraser might be called upon to replace Samuel Amo-Ameyaw on the wings.

Key Players and Statistics

For Sunderland, beyond Bellingham, Dan Neil and Jack Clarke have been standouts, with average ratings of 7.40 and 7.30 respectively. Southampton, meanwhile, have seen James Ward-Prowse, now at West Ham, shine with an impressive rating of 8.60, closely followed by Will Smallbone and forwards Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.

In terms of goals, Armstrong has been on fire, netting four times for the Saints, while Bellingham, with two goals, remains Sunderland’s leading scorer.

A telling stat that can’t be ignored: Southampton’s four games in the Championship have witnessed a whopping 17 goals. Their penchant for attacking football, coupled with Sunderland’s recent record, suggests an explosive match-up.


  1. Match Outcome: Given the patterns, the Both Teams to Score market seems enticing. Seven of Sunderland’s past nine Championship matches and all of Southampton’s last four have seen both teams finding the net. This justifies a BTTS prediction for the upcoming match.
  2. Correct Score: Reflecting on Southampton’s high-scoring matches and Sunderland’s recent form, a 2-2 draw seems plausible.
  3. Goal Scorer Prediction: Adam Armstrong, with four goals in the Championship already, is the man to watch. His form suggests he could be the one to find the back of the net for Southampton.


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Gram Dodd
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