Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley
English League One
Date: Friday, 15 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
Sunderland will continue their push for the automatic promotion on Friday evening when they play host to bottom-half Accrington Stanley at Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats are five points behind the second-placed Barnsley at the moment, but they have two games in hand on them. It means they still have destiny in their own hands regardless of the outcome of other fixtures.
Nevertheless, a win against opposition such as Accrington is a must on the home patch if jack Ross’ men are to avoid complications in their promotional challenge.
The hosts will come into this as clear favourites. They are undefeated in ten subsequent games across competitions. They won two and drew one of past three matches allowing a late equalizer in Saturday’s away fixture with relegation-threatened Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Head-to-head
The two teams did not have the opportunity to play each other in the past.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Prediction
Accrington will enter the game in a completely opposite mood. They have been struggling badly for productivity in the final third in recent weeks.
Accy failed to find the back of the net in past five outings in all competitions. They won just one, drew two and lost six of past nine matches across competitions as a consequence of the poor attacking form.
The latest of Accy’s failures came on Saturday when they fell 2-0 to 13th-placed Scunthorpe United on the road.
Stanley failed to score in any of last four away fixtures in League One. The Black Cats should be in a nice position to maintain their fine defensive form given they shipped just one goal in past three games.
Furthermore, Sunderland are yet to lose the home fixture in this term of the competition. They won 8 and drew 6 of 14 league outings at Stadium of Light conceding only 12 goals along the way. The home win to nil has to be the way to go.
Sunderland vs Accrington: Bet Tips
Sunderland to win @ 1.65 (13/20)
Sunderland to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).