After defeat at the weekend for Gus Poyet's men, this game will be welcomed as a nice distraction from the league, with Sunderland looking a little more solid in the competition so far this season, albeit against much inferior opposition.
The Black Cats have had to see off two League One clubs to reach this stage. MK Dons were the visitors in their first match, with a late show securing a 4-2 win for Sunderland. This win was then followed up with 2-0 victory over a much-fancied Peterborough team.
Despite these wins, Poyet's side are still struggling in the league, with only one victory recorded this season, coming against rivals Newcastle.
Hull City were the latest team to beat them this season, with Poyet's side playing almost half the game with just nine men. BetVictor price the home side at 5/2 (3.50) to progress in 90 minutes.
Southampton, in contrast to Sunderland, have looked extremely good this season. Mauricio Pochettino's men sit in sixth position in the league, unbeaten in their last eight matches. The Saints started poorly at the weekend against Stoke City, before rallying back to secure a draw.
It has been a breeze for them so far in the Capital One Cup, disposing of Barnsley 5-1 away, before a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Bristol City. BetVictor price them as favourites at 6/5 (2.20) to win the match. The same firm price the draw at 5/2 (3.50).
A bet that stands out in this fixture is both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80). With changes likely to be made to both sides, the fringe players will have a lot to prove as they try and secure a regular first-team spot, so expect goals in the match.
This bet would have also paid out in five of Sunderland's last six home matches and, with Southampton scoring in their last seven matches, it is tough to ignore.
|Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) 1.0pt with BetVictor
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