Sunderland v Wolves Preview

Some would suggest that both of these teams approach this game with nothing to play for, with Sunderland sat in a comfortable mid-table position while Wolves appear all but relegated. Still, Wolves manager Terry Connor is likely to disagree, as he continues to hunt for his first victory in charge of the Molineux outfit.

When Martin O’Neill first took over at Sunderland the former Aston Villa manager could not do a thing wrong, with the Black Cats making a charge up the league that saw them come within touching distance of the European places at one point. Since then, their form has dried up somewhat although the Stadium of Light outfit can still be exceptionally pleased with their current position as they approach this clash sat in 11th. Moreover, that position can easily be improved, with just three points separating them from 9th spot. It has to be said that their form has to turn around if they are to achieve a higher placing though, with O’Neill’s side currently without a win in their last four games. Having also been thrashed 4-0 against Everton in their last clash, it remains to be seen how the Black Cats will respond against the division’s bottom side.

The end appears near for Wolves on the other hand, with Terry Connor’s men sat nine points adrift of safety with just five games remaining. Such a position means that Wanderers are surely preparing for next season in the Championship, and probably putting together a shortlist for their next manager. It would be fair to say that the appointment of Connor has backfired spectacularly with Wolves now without a win in their last nine. With the club also losing their last seven games, it’s no surprise to see that most associated with the club have already given up.

As for team news, Sunderland are hopeful of three players returning who missed the Black Cats’ last game. John O’Shea, Fraizer Campbell and Nicklas Bendtner have all been missing through recent weeks, yet all three should have a part to play this weekend. Wolves on the other hand could have two absentees, with Terry Connor firstly sweating on the fitness of Dave Edwards as he struggles with a hamstring problem. Sebastien Bassong will definitely be missing, with his recent red card meaning that he sits this one out through suspension.

It would be fair to say that both of these sides are in dismal form at the moment, although Sunderland’s recent results are nothing like those of Wolves. The visitors simply do not know where their next point is going to come from and with Sunderland also possessing the home advantage, our prediction is going to be a comfortable 2-0 win for Martin O’Neill’s side.

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