Sunderland remain isolated at the bottom of the table on 20 points after 30 matches, and the 2-0 defeat they suffered on Tuesday against Leicester brought their run of winless matches without a goal to six. This week David Moyes welcomes his former club Man Utd to the Stadium of Light, and the Red Devils will be seeking a comfortable victory here after Zlatan Ibrahimovic dug them out of trouble at the death yet again against Everton on Tuesday.
The draw with Everton means that United’s unbeaten run in the league now stands at 20 games, but this belies a frustrating inconsistency. They’ve drawn six of their last nine including against teams such as Bournemouth, Hull and West Brom, none of whom have been particularly robust against other top-six teams this season. That being said, United have won six of their last eight on their travels, and with three of the five most recent games in this run bringing wins to nil they’ll hope to keep out a Sunderland side that have been diabolical in front of goal recently. The Black Cats have failed to beat a top-seven side this season, losing nine of the 11 they’ve played, and failure to score in seven of those combined with recent attacking toothlessness will give them little confidence for this game.
All in all, United stand a good chance of coming back with a win and a clean sheet despite their occasional lack of conviction against weaker teams – Sunderland are unlikely to be able to withhold the visitors. The Win to Nil looks like the way to go.
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