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

The Black Cats can surge to survival 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 Athletic on Saturday, the race to avoid relegation is reaching boiling point. Sunderland were torn apart by relegation rivals Villa in a 6-1 drubbing a week ago but Paolo Di Canio has come out this week and said a win against Stoke City on Monday night will be good enough to survive the drop.

Before last week's loss, the Black Cats had started to find some form with fantastic performances against Everton and in the derby with Newcastle United.

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

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

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

However, the Potters have lost half 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 haven’t done since 1994. The same firm offer the draw at 23/10 (3.30).

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

For those looking for more value, meanwhile, 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, keeping clean sheets in all of them. 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 seems 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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