Sunderland vs Blackpool.
Supporters of Blackpool must be dreading going to watch their team play, with a recent return of just one point from a possible 33 serving to emphasize just how poor the side has been. Excluding the playoffs, Sunderland has enjoyed nine wins in 14 home games at this level of late, so they will fancy their chances of chalking up another victory here.
Both meetings between these two teams in the playoffs last season served up under 2.5 goals, meaning that Sunderland has now been involved in seven consecutive matches of this low-scoring variety. As for Blackpool, seven of their previous ten away games at this level have produced no more than a couple of goals, so don’t expect a feast of attacking football.
Witnessing goals at both ends has been pretty uncommon in recent Sunderland home matches in the second tier, with just four of their last 20 contests being devoid of any clean sheets. Given that both teams have scored in only two of the ten away games played by Blackpool so far this season, it is hard to see that pattern changing here.
I predict both teams to score.
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