Wednesday 3 April: 7.45pm KO
This is an important game that will affect both the top and bottom of English League One. Sunderland have to put aside the disappointment of losing the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday and need three points to boost their promotion hopes. Accrington Stanley need the points as they try to avoid a return to League Two.
This is the second attempt to play this game after the first try had to be abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. The two teams have met since and Accrington Stanley managed to earn an important point from that match.
Accrington Stanley begin this game in 18th place in League One. They are only two points above the relegation zone but have two games in hand. They are currently 5/1 (6.0) at 888sport to be relegated this season. After this match, Accrington have three successive games against sides currently in the bottom four.
Looking at their current form, those odds might look quite decent in a few games time. After winning promotion from League Two last season, Accrington made a bright start to life in League One losing just one of their first 11 games Even after 17 league matches they were in the promotion play-off positions but that good form has disappeared.
A form guide for the past 15 league fixtures has Accrington bottom of the table with only ten points from those games with just two wins. Their last ten home leagues have only produced two wins and it’s 3/1 (4.0) at BoyleSports that they will beat Sunderland on Wednesday evening.
Sunday saw Sunderland lose to Portsmouth on penalties in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy. Now they return to league action as they attempt to return to the Championship at the first time of asking. They start this game six points behind the two automatic promotion positions but have three games in hand, starting with this one.
The Black Cats are 16/1 (17.0) at BetVictor to win League One. That looks very unlikely with Luton 13 points clear of them. More likely is Sunderland winning promotion, either automatically or via a return to Wembley but to win the promotion play-off final. The odds on them winning promotion are 5/6 (1.83) at SkyBet.
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last 16 league games but nine of them have been drawn That could prove very costly in the long run. Recent form has seen them win two and draw two of their last four league games. On their travels, Sunderland are undefeated in their last seven league games but five of the last six have ended level. Four of those six games have been against sides currently in the bottom nine.
The reverse fixture between these two teams ended in a 2-2 draw. Sunderland had to come from 2-0 in that game. Previous games between these teams were dominated by Sunderland but they were mostly played in the 19th century.
Sunderland have doubts over the fitness of Adam Matthews.
Sunderland have drawn 16 of their league games this season. Of those draws, 12 have ended in a 1-1 scoreline. You can add on the fact that when the previous attempt to play this game had a 1-1 score when abandoned. There are odds of 6/1 (7.0) at Sportingbet on that being the score in this match. The odds on a draw and both teams scoring are 7/2 (4.5) at Ladbrokes.
It’s a Penalty
The last two games in which Accrington Stanley have scored have both seen penalties awarded and hen scored. You can get odds of 7/2 (4.5) at William Hill on a penalty being awarded in this game. Billy Kee has scored six penalties this season and is 12/5 (3.4) to score a goal in this game.
Sunderland are on a long unbeaten run but they have to cut out all these draws. They face an Accrington Stanley side that are in poor form and in danger of being relegated if they can’t get some wins soon. Sunderland need points too as they bid for promotion and can win this game with over 1.5 goals scored in the match. The odds on that happening are 6/4 (2.5) at Coral.