Sunderland Takes on Complacent Watford on the RoadPublished May 15, 2016 by Florin P
One last hurdle for Sunderland to overcome (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Sunderland is one of the English teams that seem to have a wizard at the helm, rather than a manager and a club owner. Superstitious punters will tell you that an invisible hand protects this team from relegation and given their recent results it’s hard to argue against this theory. They will try to produce another miracle and survive for at least one more year in the Premier League by defeating Watford on the road.
One Point Could Be Enough
Sunderland lost a single match over the last 10 rounds, against the recently crowned champions Leicester. They also managed an incredible comeback against Chelsea and won at home by three goals to two and now they need one more victory on the road against Watford. A few years ago, they managed to defeat all the four top teams to salvage what looked like a failed season, so this victory is by no means past them.
Sunderland has significantly improved its defensive performance and allowed an average of one goal per match in the last two months. This means a great deal against Watford, a team that plays defensive football both at home and on the road and lacks any motivation to push for a win.
Waiting for the Season End
Watford will finish in the second half of the tables no matter what happens in the remaining rounds and they don’t have to worry about relegation. It is pretty obvious that they were going to play one more season in the first flight as early as March and this prompted them to toke the food off gas. They won just twice and lost 7 games over the span, so one more defeat won’t make any difference even if it’s at home.
Under these circumstances, it is definitely worth siding with the visiting team, knowing how motivated Sunderland is to win the match. Punters who prefer to have a safety net in place should take the odds of 4/5 on the visitors to prevail, knowing that bet365 Sports will refund them if the match ends in a draw.