Sunderland - Stoke City Betting Preview: Di Canio's men to shut out the Potters in a relegation scrap

The under-pressure Black Cats can surge to survival with a much-needed victory on Monday night with our tipster, Hugh Wilson, backing a home win with a 21/10 value bet
After late wins for both Aston Villa and Wigan on Saturday, the race to avoid relegation is reaching boiling point. Sunderland were torn apart on April 29 by relegation rivals Villa in a 6-1 drubbing but Paolo Di Canio has declared his belief that a win against Stoke City would be good enough to survive the drop.

Before their most recent loss, the Black Cats had started to find some form with two fantastic performances against Newcastle and Everton.

Di Canio's men have only been beaten at home once in their last four - and that was the newly crowned champions, Manchester United. Bet365 price Sunderland as favourites for this match at 11/10 (2.10).

After a terrible 2013, Stoke found themselves embroiled in the relegation battle but two wins in their last two matches have seen them rise away from the bottom three and they currently sit five points ahead of 18th-placed Wigan.

Tony Pulis's men recorded an impressive win away at QPR the last time that they were on the road, taking their tally for away wins this season up to three.

However, the Potters have lost 50 per cent of their away Premier League matches this season and are 3/1 (4.00) to take three points at the Stadium of Light, something they have not done since 1994. The same firm offer the draw at 23/10 (3.30).

Despite losing heavily to Villa, Di Canio had started to turn things round in the North East and the price of 11/10 (2.10) seems like a fantastic price on the home side. Stoke have lost six of their last eight away games, so this bet is certainly worth backing.

For those looking for more value, Sunderland to win to nil at 21/10 (3.10) seem to have heaps of it.

The Black Cats have won five league games at home this season, with all of them being to nil. If you take into account the fact that three of Stoke's last five away games would have paid out on this bet as well, it certainly tough to ignore.

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Sunderland to win at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365
Sunderland to win to nil at 21/10 (3.10) with bet365

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