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Date: Saturday 23rd December 2023
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light
Sunderland vs Coventry City top free betting tips
Two teams separated but just six points but eight places go to battle at the Stadium of Light. These two teams finished in the playoffs last season with Sunderland losing out to Luton Town in the semi-final whilst Coventry just about beat Middlesbrough, before eventually losing to Luton Town in the final. The season did not start in ideal fashion for Coventry who were in and around the relegation zone for a while before picking up a bit of form in recent weeks to see the club go as high as fifteenth. Sunderland hit a bad run of form themselves recently which saw the club part ways with Tony Mowbray and appoint Michael Beale to the head coach role.
Total goals prediction: Under 2.5 Goals
Eight of the previous ten meetings between Sunderland and Coventry have seen 2.5 goals or less scored with this match for the most part being a tightly contested affair. Sunderland is also struggling in front of goal as of late but is doing ok defensively having scored three goals in their previous three matches, conceding just twice. Coventry's previous three matches have seen 2.5 goals or less with a 2-0 victory and then two 1-1 draws in recent matches.
Both teams to score prediction: Yes
Both teams to score is usually a given in this match with six of the previous eight fixtures seeing both sides find the back of the net, one of which came in the form of an incredibly entertaining 5-4 victory for Coventry City in 2019. Sunderland is averaging close to two goals scored per match this season and just over one goal conceded while Coventry is scoring just over one goal and conceding just over one goal per match.
Correct score prediction: 1-1 Draw
Sunderland have just appointed Michael Beale to be their new Head Coach after the dismissal of Tony Mowbray recently which will make for an interesting match between a Coventry side who are set up to perform well against a side like Sunderland. It is hard to know what route Sunderland will go down under Michael Beale which is why we predict a 1-1 draw for his first match in charge.
Sunderland vs Coventry City: What the fans think
Some Sunderland fans are not too keen on the appointment of Michael Beale
This is horrendous, by the way. Read the room, lads. 95% of the fan base don't want him here. A complete car crash.
— Steven 🔴⚪ (@MiserableMackem) December 18, 2023
Coventry City fans are very happy with manager Mark Robins
All these clubs sacking mangers, poaching managers, hiring poor managers. Robins Just going about his business, quietly, professionally and with integrity. We are so fortunate, In Robins we Trust #PUSB
— Andy H🌏✈️👨🔧 (@Flyin_spanner) December 18, 2023
How far will Coventry‘s fans travel to Sunderland?
Just over 1,000 Coventry fans will be making the three-hour and forty-two-minute journey north to Sunderland. The trip will see Coventry fans travel a total of 400 miles.
Sunderland vs Coventry City: Tickets
Tickets for this match are priced at around £32 for adults.
FAQs regarding Sunderland vs Coventry City
What was Sunderland's last result? 1-0 defeat against Bristol City.
What was Coventry City's last result? 1-1 draw against Leeds United.
Who is the player to watch? Ben Sheaf.