Value on Sunderland to bounce back at Hull
Sunderland travel to Hull City on Saturday in aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening.
The Black Cats are still well in the play-off conversation in the Championship and will be looking to get themselves in a strong position ahead of the January transfer window.
Liam Rosenior work on the training ground during the World Cup break was apparent in the Tigers’ goalless draw at Watford at the weekend, Hull have had one of the leakiest backlines in the division this term but showed a lot of resolve to deny the Hornets on their home patch.
Rosenior’s style of play is fairly possession-based as could be seen in his time as assistant manager and manager of Derby County, something that will take time to implement successfully and in the infancy of it the Tigers could play into Sunderland’s hands in this one, due to the number of dangerous players in transition at Tony Mowbray’s disposal.
Ross Stewart was not fit in time to be involved in the matchday squad against West Brom, but there is hope that the Scotsman will return to play some part at the MKM Stadium.
Amad Diallo has stepped up in his absence, on loan from Manchester United, and in combination with the likes of Jack Clarke, Alex Pritchard and Ellis Simms, the Black Cats will fancy themselves to get on the scoresheet.
Vaughn Covil, Harvey Vale, Benjamin Tetteh and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh will miss the match through injury for the hosts, but the final third is an area where Hull have a lot of cover anyway.
The Tigers are very narrow favourites with the bookmakers given the promise that they showed at Vicarage Road, but the Black Cats may be comfortable to concede possession and look to spring out to hurt Rosenior’s men.
As far as the season-long data shows, Sunderland are the stronger side in both boxes, but Hull are a different proposition under Rosenior and therefore a more cautious play is recommended.
Rosenior’s Derby County side this season were quite toothless going forward even though their underlying process was quite strong, suggesting there is reason to believe that it may take time for Hull to score freely with the rearguard likely to keep them above the relegation zone for the timebeing.
Hull have scored in five of ten.
Hull have conceded in eight of ten.
Hull have seen both teams score in five of ten.
Hull have seen over 2.5 goals in five of ten.
Sunderland have scored in eight of ten.
Sunderland have conceded in eight of ten.
Sunderland have seen both teams score in six of ten.
Sunderland have seen over 2.5 goals in six of ten.