Sunderland A.F.C VS Manchester United U21 Prediction and Betting Tips

England Johnstone - Sunderland A.F.C VS Manchester United U21

Kick off: 13-10-2021 19:00 Wednesday (GMT+1)

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Sunderland will go ahead into their England Johnstone fixture with Manchester United U21 knowing that defeat would put them on the brink of elimination. However, the visitors find themselves in a similar position, and anything less than three points would put the Premier League academy side at risk of an early exit.

 

Sunderland form (all competitions): DWWWLW

Sunderland's focus this season is on securing promotion to the Championship, and seven wins from 10 league fixtures suggests that they have every chance of achieving that target. Nevertheless, the Black Cats supporters would not say no to a trip to Wembley Stadium having had to miss last season's victory in this competition due to the coronavirus pandemic. Drawn in a highly-competitive group, Sunderland recorded a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City last time out to post a potentially-crucial three points. With a home fixture against Bradford City still to come, Johnson will be confident of eventually sealing a spot in the top two of Group F. However, there is pressure to perform against United's prospects, particularly with Johnson still frustrated after the 4-0 reverse at Portsmouth earlier this month.

 

 

Manchester United U21 form (all competitions): LLWWWW

From United's perspective, a slow start against Lincoln on August 24 has left them playing catch-up, but netting two consolation goals at the end of that game gave them some momentum ahead of the trip to Bradford. Neil Wood would have been delighted with their second-half performance at Valley Parade, United prevailing by a 3-0 scoreline at the home of the League Two side. With Sunderland possessing a game in hand, United realistically require maximum points on their trip to the North East to extend their participation in the competition. On a positive note, they have recorded four wins in succession, the latest success coming against Liverpool Under-23s at the start of the month.

 

Betting Verdict:

Having made light work of Bradford, United will be confident of putting on a performance at the Stadium of Light. However, we cannot ignore the experience and desire of the home side, leading us to predict a narrow victory for the League One giants.

 

Sunderland A.F.C VS Manchester United U21

Pick: Sunderland A.F.C

 

Sunderland A.F.C VS Manchester United U21 Prediction and Betting Tips

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