Fleetwood vs Sunderland predictions and betting tips for this crucial League One fixture on Tuesday 30th April. This game may mean nothing for the Cod Army, but it’s a vital contest for the Black Cats, who are hoping to keep their slim chances of automatic promotion alive.
Sunderland desperately need the points, but this won’t be easy for Jack Ross’ men. Realistically, they will have to go through the play-offs, but they will be hoping to build some momentum here.
Kick Off Time: 7:45pm
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Venue: Highbury Stadium
Sunderland’s downfall this season has been their propensity to collect just a single point from very winnable looking games. The Black Cats can’t quite match Stoke’s record of 21 draws this campaign, but they come into this game off the back of two successive stalemates, and their games have ended all-square on 19 occasions.
Jack Ross’ side have only been beaten twice on the road all season, with Burton and Pompey the only two sides to pick up maximum points against the Wearsiders, but they’ve won just four of their last twelve on their travels, and it’s hard to back them at a short price here.
At this time of season, it’s always tough for punters to decide whether to back sides who need to win or whether to stick with a side who have nothing to play for, and that’s the quandry we have here. Fleetwood’s season is over, but Joey Barton doesn’t like losing, and he is unlikely to allow his side to spend 90 minutes dreaming about their summer holidays.
The Lancashire outfit picked up a goalless draw with Bristol Rovers at the weekend, and although it wasn’t one for the neutrals, they did hit the woodwork in that tie.
Barton’s men are also partial to a draw, and they’ve picked up a point in four of their last five matches at this stadium. Only five sides have won at this ground with Luton, Barnsley and Portsmouth being three of those. Sunderland will be hoping to follow suit, but they sometimes find it tough to finish sides off.
For this match, we’re backing the game to end all-square at 3/1 with Bet365, and you can use the £100 of free bet credits to back the first of our League One betting tips for Tuesday night.
1-1 is Fleetwood’s most common score-line this season, with the Cod Army playing out six 1-1 draws this season. They do have plenty of firepower with Ched Evans and Paddy Madden both very capable in front of goals, whilst the likes of Ashley Hunter will always create chances.
Sunderland have seen a whopping 15 games end by the same score-line this season, and it’s been a bit of albatross around their neck this season. It’s landed in three of their last five encounters, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this game adding to that unwanted collection of 1-1 draws.
The game at the Stadium of Light unsurprisingly ended all-square, and it won’t shock anyone to know that it finished 1-1.
Bet Victor are offering a stand-out price of 13/2 for the 1-1 draw, and this game looks ripe for another stalemate. New customers can get a £40 free bet to use on any of the midweek games when signing up for an account.
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Charlie Wyke has started to look a little more threatening in recent weeks. The big frontman will put himself about in this one, and he could ask questions of the Fleetwood defence. He may have only scored five times this campaign, but three of those goals have arrived since the start of April, and he could make it four for the month here in Lancashire.
Betfair offer the best price on the former Carlisle man to score anytime in this fixture, and new customers can get £100 in free bets to use on this important clash.
Sunderland Win – 17/20
Draw – 3/1
Fleetwood Win – 16/5