Walsall vs Sunderland
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: The Banks’s Stadium (Walsall).
Walsall and Sunderland will take on each other for the second time in seven days as they are set to battle it out for a place in the third round of FA Cup on Saturday afternoon. Fans at The Banks’s Stadium enjoyed a four-goal thriller and a magnificent effort from their lads last weekend when the Saddlers were on the brink of a huge upset and a victory over the Black Cats.
The visitors entered the game as heavy favourites following a streak of eight wins and a draw in nine games beforehand. Nevertheless, they were lucky to save a point at the end. Lynden Gooch was the catalyst for Sunderland’s comeback in West Midlands as he delivered a nice pass for Aiden McGeady’s goal before netting the equalizer one minute from time.
Walsall vs Sunderland: Head-to-head
This will only be the fourth head to head encounter between the two teams.
They met each other just once in the past, back in 2003/04 campaign when they featured Championship football together.
Sunderland earned the double over the Saddlers back then thanks to 1-0 and 3-1 wins.
Walsall vs Sunderland: Prediction
Walsall booked this tie with the Black Cats after a hardly-fought 3-2 victory over League One rivals Coventry City in the first round of FA Cup. They are, however, winless ever since that clash. Dean Keates’ men drew two and lost one of past three league matches.
Nevertheless, the last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland was certainly encouraging for the Saddlers who believe they have what it takes to eliminate favourites this weekend. We think backing goals at both ends looks to be the most logical of betting options here as we expect a similar affair to the one from last Saturday.
Also, three of last four games Sunderland played in all competitions saw goals scored at both ends. The run includes a 1-2 victory over a League Two side Port Vale three weeks ago.
Walsall vs Sunderland: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).