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Date: Monday 1st January 2024
Kick-Off: 12:30 UK, 13:30 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light
TV: Sky Sports Football, Sky Go Extra, NOW TV UK, Sky Sports Ultra HD, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Go UK
Sunderland vs Preston North End top free betting tips
Michael Beale's Sunderland welcomes Ryan Lowe's Preston to the Stadium of Light for a New Year's Day match in the Championship. Sunderland have won four of their previous ten matches including just one win from their previous four matches, a 1-0 victory over Hull which came just after defeats to Bristol City and Coventry City. Preston is an interesting side, despite losing six of their previous ten matches, the club are just outside of the playoff places. Three of Preston's previous four matches have all been losses to Watford, Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday.
Correct outcome prediction: Sunderland to Win
Preston has lost more away matches than they have won this season while Sunderland has won seven of their twelve home matches, only bettered by five of the six sides in the top six. Sunderland may be in bad form but they are coming up against a Preston side who are, at this moment in time, blowing either very hot or very cold. The Lillywhites' loss to relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday last time out sums this Preston side up perfectly as that defeat came after an excellent Boxing Day victory over Leeds United.
Both teams to score prediction: Yes
Four of Preston's previous five matches have seen both sides find the back of the net. Sunderland have struggled for goals as of late but are coming up against a defence which has conceded nine times in their previous four matches and has kept just three clean sheets all season. With Sunderland having a player like Jack Clarke, The Black Cats will always be a dangerous side going forward.
Correct score prediction: 2-1 to Sunderland
Sunderland is averaging almost two goals scored per home match this season and just over one goal conceded per match this season. Sunderland has won just one of the previous six matches against Preston with Preston picking up two wins in those six games. This is the perfect chance for Sunderland to turn that around and grab an important three points. Sunderland dominated things against Rotherham but showed just how much they were missing a striker.
Sunderland vs Preston North End: What do the fans think?
This Sunderland fan is looking forward to January
Imo we’ll see KLD’s ambitions in January. We are 3 quality signings away from being a very good team:
Striker who has scored goals at a decent level
Combative DM who can stop us getting caught in transition
Number 10 who plays on the half turn (or just play Pritchard?!) #SAFC
— Joe Thirlwell (@JoeThirlwell1) December 30, 2023
A frustrated Preston fan has his say
In isolation, this is a completely fair point, however it’s completely ignorant to the context behind it:
4 wins in 18, bottom 3 XG, only 2 more teams have conceded more goals than us & poor/inconsistent tactics from a narcissistic manager are much more relevant points!#pnefc
— Ollie (@pne99ogm) December 30, 2023
How far will Preston‘s fans travel to Sunderland?
The journey from Lancashire to Wearside will see Preston fans on the road for just over five hours covering almost 250 miles.
Sunderland vs Preston North End: Tickets
There are still tickets remaining in the home section with adult tickets being priced at around £32.
Preston North End have been given the full allocation for this match. Adult tickets are priced at £32.
FAQs regarding Sunderland vs Preston North End
What was Sunderland's last result? 1-1 draw against Rotherham United.
What was Preston's last result? 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.
Who is the player to watch? Jack Clarke.