After a frustrating couple of weeks, Sunderland will be aiming to return to winning ways this weekend when they host a Wolves side that have it all to do to avoid the drop, as the 4/7 on the Black Cats really looks a steal for punters.
Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland have gone four games across all competitions without a win, while in the Premier League they have only won two of their last nine matches.
The Black Cats are still nicely placed in the Premier League – they sit 11th – but there is no doubt that they will want a win this weekend to begin a positive run between now and the end of the season.
The 4-0 defeat at Everton on Easter Monday was particularly disappointing too, so they will want a positive response straight away. After all the hard work O’Neill has done since arriving at the club, he will be determined to secure a top ten finish to highlight their dramatic improvements.
As for Wolves, they appear doomed in their quest to remain in the Premier League. After the 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal last time out, they are nine points adrift of safety and it would be a dramatic turnaround if they were to stay up now.
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Since Terry Connor took temporary charge of Wolves following the sacking of Mick McCarthy, they have lost seven of their eight games with a point at Newcastle in Connor’s first game all they have to show for themselves under his guidance.
They have also only won once in 2012, so it is very easy to see why they are comfortably bottom of the table. The fight appears to have gone from the players too and everyone is getting ready for Championship football next season.
Having said that, one victory could turn things around and with this in mind, three points has to be the aim for Wolves this weekend. If they can come away from the Stadium of Light with an unlikely victory it could spark them into life.
There is no doubt that Sunderland are the favourites though, despite the fact that Wolves were victorious when these two teams met earlier in the season.
This one gets underway from 3pm on Saturday afternoon.