Sunderland vs Hull City Betting Tip Sunderland – 5 September 2020

Sunderland to start their season with a win

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EnglandSunderland vs Hull CityEngland
5 September 1500hrs
Football – England – EFL Cup
Pick Sunderland 
Bookmaker Betvictor
Odds: 21/20 odds taken 2000 GMT, Friday 4 September

It’s arguably the tie of the round as Sunderland take on a Hull team in what is now an all League-One showdown following the visitors’ relegation last season.

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Sunderland Preview – Can the sleeping giant of League One start their season on a positive note?

Expectation at Sunderland is huge at the best of times but this season it’s particularly so due to the failings of recent campaigns. This will be the third straight season they are competing in the third tier of English football and for a club their size (and with the investment they’ve had) it’s not good enough. Some will point to the fact they were just a point outside the playoffs when the season was called but they should have left nothing to chance with resources at their disposal.

Phil Parkinson will celebrate his first year in charge next month and will be under no illusions as to what is required.


Our betting prediction:
Over 2.5 goals

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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Friday 4 September)

When you look through the squad then it’s easy to see why Sunderland supporters feel their team are underachieving. They had the second best defensive record in League One last season but they have to do more in an attacking sense in order to turn some of their draws into victories. Which was also their main issue the previous campaign.

Sunderland did reach the the last 16 of the EFL Cup last season, losing out to Oxford. That’s their best showing since making the final back in 2013/14.

Hull City Preview – Will Hull respond at the first time of asking following last year’s relegation?

It was a disastrous season for Hull and their manager Grant McCann. In a campaign where they were looking at an outside chance of the playoffs in January, they ended up being relegated and returning to League One for the first time in 15 years. Hull ended the season with six straight defeats including that infamous 8-0 loss at Wigan. To emphasise just how bad they were in the latter part of the campaign, Hull were propping up the table despite the Lactics getting a 12 point deduction.

McCann remains in charge however and can point to the loss of key players in January as the main reason for such a dip in form.

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Hull need only look at Sunderland to see how difficult to get out of League One following relegation to know how much of a challenge they have on their hands this season.

Before they  look to league matters, though, attention is on the EFL Cup. Hull reached the semi-finals back in 2016/17 and also the quarter-finals the season before that. So they have some recent success in the competition. The last time they failed to win their first tie was back in 2014,

Sunderland vs Hull City Betting Advice

The ultimate objective for both these clubs is promotion and everything else – including this competition – will be secondary. However, due to their disappointments of last season, Parkinson and McCann know that a good result here will give them a boost heading into the league campaign starting next week.

It will also be something of a guide for when the teams do meet in League One later on in the season.

Key Facts – Sunderland vs Hull City Betting Tip

  • Sunderland reached the quarter-finals last season, losing to Oxford in disappointing fashion
  • Hull were semi-finalists in the League Cup back in 2017, losing to the eventual winners Manchester United
  • Both teams will want to progress but their main aim this season is winning promotion to the Championship


Following such an abysmal second half to last season it’s almost impossible to have any faith in Hull heading into this season. Sunderland are not without their faults either, of course, but they are unbeaten at the Stadium of Light in their last 10 games and it also might not be a bad thing they start the season behind closed doors. I’m siding with the home team to progress to the next round.


The best betting odds for Sunderland vs Hull City

Sunderland to win: 1/1 Betfair
Draw: 13/5 at Betfair
Hull City to win: 29/10 at Betfair