Sunderland - Southampton Betting Preview: Saturday showdown set for goal glut

The Black Cats are battling to beat the drop and our tipster expects another goal-laden encounter when Gustavo Poyet's men meet Mauricio Pochettino's Saints this weekend
After claiming three successive victories for the first time this season, Sunderland are aiming to record their fourth win in a row when they welcome Southampton to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Cats recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday to breathe life into their battle to beat the drop and Gustavo Poyet’s men will be looking to maintain their fine recent form against the Saints.

Sunderland are rated as a 19/10 (2.90) chance with Betway to take another massive stride towards preserving their Premier League status with a win this weekend while the same firm go 7/5 (2.40) that Mauricio Pochettino’s Saints take all three points here. The draw is chalked up at 11/5 (3.20) with Betway.

Sunderland ran out as 2-1 winners when these sides met in the Capital One Cup back in November and with the Saints having struggled to produce their best form on the road so far this season, the Black Cats will be confident of repeating that result on Saturday.

The departure of Southampton Chairman Nicola Cortese earlier in the week has cast some doubt over the future of several big names at St Mary's Stadium so there will be extra intrigue around this encounter.

On the pitch, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their last eight matches away from home in all competitions – a 3-0 triumph over Cardiff City on Boxing Day – and the Argentinian coach will expect more from his side here.

However, it is worth noting that despite their indifferent away form, Southampton have found the net in eight of their last nine fixtures away from St Mary’s.

Sunderland have leaked in each of their last five matches in all competitions and, with Saints looking to consolidate their place in the top half of the Premier League, it could well be an open contest this weekend.

The Black Cats have notched nine goals in their last three games and are capable of adding to that tally against a Southampton side that has conceded in seven of their last eight matches on the road.

With that in mind, the even money (2.0) quote from Betway for three or more goals to be scored looks to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up by punters while the 8/5 (2.60) quote from the same firm for Sunderland to score twice also carries plenty of appeal here.

Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with Betway

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