Sunderland v Doncaster Rovers Betting Preview – League 1 April 19

Rovers look tough opposition for faltering Wearsiders

Football Betting

Sunderland’s crazy defeat by Coventry City at the Stadium of Light last week followed a home draw against Burton Albion and those games in hand they were relying on to grab one of the automatic promotion places and beginning to run out. They go into Easter still trailing Luton and Barnsley in the table and have Portsmouth and Charlton hot on their heels so can’t really afford any more slip-ups between now and the end of the season if they want to avoid the play-offs. But Good Friday visitors Doncaster are unlikely to roll over as they also need points to cement their place in the top six.

Sunderland Form and Team News

The Wearsiders have scored in every single League 1 match this season but have only kept one clean sheet in their last six in all competitions. Sunderland’s destiny is still in their own hands but manager Jack Ross will be grateful to have the experienced Lee Cattermole back in his starting line-up. However, Aiden McGeady and Lynden Gooch are still likely to be missing and Ross must decide whether stick with both Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke in a two-pronged attack as the experiment led to the midfield being over-run by Coventry. While the Black cats have only lost three times in the league this season, there have been signs that the campaign has begun to take its toll and they’ll need their big following to be a 12th man between now and the end of term if they are to get over the line.

Doncaster Form and Team News

Doncaster have a five-point cushion over seventh-placed Peterborough in the race for the final play-off place but have played a game more than Posh so will be monitoring their rival’s results closely over Easter, Grant McCann’s team have bounced back from a seven-match winless run to take maximum points from their last four, despite missing some key players. Top scorer John Marquis will be back for the trip to the Stadium Of Light and midfielder Ben Whiteman could return from a six-week lay-off. Loanees Herbie Kane and Mallik Wilks and the evergreen James Coppinger make Rovers dangerous opponents but they’ve only won once away from the Keepmoat Stadium in the league since December and that was at bottom club Bradford City, though they have kept clean sheets in their last two matches and conceded only two in their last four.

Sunderland v Doncaster Head-to-Heads

These two teams don’t often operate in the same orbit and have only met three times in the league in the last 30 years – Sunderland have won them all including a 1-0 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium in October, Rovers’ last home defeat.

Sunderland v Doncaster Current Best Odds

Sunderland 10/11, Draw 13/5, Doncaster 15/4 (Odds correct at 2.30pm April 18)

Sunderland v Doncaster Predictions

Sunderland are still scoring goals but are beginning to leak them at the wrong end as well. Doncaster’s attack is inventive and they’ll look to play on the uncertainty hanging over the Stadium Of Light at present. Both teams to score looks a decent bet at 4/5 with Betfred with Sunderland to win by one goal a general 5/2. Rovers’ Mallik Wilks to be an Anytime Goalscorer is 14/5 with Unibet.

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