Sunderland vs Coventry
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 31 July 2022
Kick-off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light.
Round One of England Championship kick-start this week as Sunderland play host to Coventry. These two sides will be seen clashing at Stadium of Light this Saturday in this new season.
After years of struggles and disappointments, Sunderland returned to the Championship after a 4-year gap. They finished 5th in League One at the end of last season while qualifying for the playoffs. In the semi-finals, they beat Sheffield Wednesday and went on to beat Wycombe Wanderers in the final to secure a return to the second flight of English football.
The Black Cats had a disappointing pre-season which ended in a 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United. The side won and lost 3 games each from the 7 friendly fixtures and they have conceded 7 goals from the last 7 games played.
On the other side, Coventry City finished 2021/22 season Championship campaign in a fairly mid-table position of 12th in the table. Under manager Mark Robins, the team is showing progress even though on a slow pace. They had a remarkable pre-season, winning all of the 5 friendly games in a row.
The visitors have had a very good pre-season with the recent match finishing as a 2-0 win over Portsmouth. A solid end of season run saw Sunderland put together a 16-match unbeaten run which contributed to a play-off spot.
Sunderland vs Coventry Head-to-head (h2h)
- Their last 5 h2h games saw Coventry with 2 wins while Sunderland won once.
- Three out of their last five meetings saw scoring from both sides.
- Their last meeting in Stadium of Light ended on a 1-1 draw.
- They met last in 2020 where Coventry won by 1-0 at home.
Sunderland vs Coventry Prediction
Even though the hosts have jumped back to the Championship after a 4-year absence, it is unlikely that the Black Cats will have a great deal of domination in the league this season.
Meanwhile, Coventry had a remarkable pre-season, winning all of the 5 friendly games in a row. They also come here on the back of a 9-game unbeaten run on road. They have also done quite well against Sunderland in the last 4 attempts.
Since both sides are almost equal in terms of strength, we envisage a possible draw or win for Coventry, this Sunday.
Sunderland vs Coventry Betting tips
Coventry to win Draw no Bet @ 1.83 odds.
BTTS @ 1.80 odds.