Scunthorpe vs Sunderland
English League One
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Glanford Park (Scunthorpe).
Sunderland will face a serious test on Saturday when they travel to Glanford Park to take on the red-hot Scunthorpe United side. Ten-man Black Cats drew 1-1 at home to ten-man Luton Town last weekend in the direct battle for the second place and automatic promotion to the Championship football next term. Sunderland had a great chance to win the match after Danny Hylton got sent off for the Hatters with 20 minutes to go, but they failed to create the final pass Luton’s net stood still until the very end of the game.
Jack Ross’ men are thus still one point shy of Luton Town at the second place, but now only two points clear off fourth-placed Charlton Athletic. We have to mention that Sunderland are still in the driving seat with a game in hand on Luton and two games in hand on Charlton. Nevertheless, they will have to work hard to secure a three-pointer this weekend away at Glanford Park given they’ll be up against a side which won four in a row in League One.
Scunthorpe vs Sunderland: Head-to-head
This will only be the second official head to head affair between these two likes.
Sunderland stormed past their rivals 3-0 when teams met each other in mid-August last year at Stadium of Light.
These two outfits played each other in a pre-season friendly last year (a 0-0 draw).
Scunthorpe vs Sunderland: Prediction
The Iron were struggling badly to find the right form ever since the start of the season. They look to have found during the festive period as a streak of four consecutive victories climbed them up to 15th in the league ladder. The promotional play-offs are now only ten points away and a victory over third-placed Sunderland would definitely be a massive confidence-booster for Stuart McCall and his men.
Scunthorpe improved their defensive displays significantly in recent weeks. They conceded only two goals during a four-win run and a stern defense will be their biggest strength in the clash against the likes of Sunderland. We expect a huge battle at the center of the park and a low-scoring draw as the final outcome here.
Scunthorpe vs Sunderland: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4).