Sunderland vs Preston: The first EFL Championship fixture of 2024 promises to be an exciting clash as Sunderland takes on Preston North End at the Stadium of Light on Monday. The Black Cats are eager to avenge their 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture back in August, setting the stage for an intriguing encounter.
Sunderland’s recent performances have shown resilience, with a commendable fightback from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United in their last game of the year. The team also ended a two-match losing streak with a 1-0 Boxing Day victory over Hull City, positioning themselves in seventh place in the EFL Championship table with 37 points from 25 matches.
Preston North End, however, suffered a setback with a 1-0 home defeat to 10-man Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. Despite this, they had previously halted a two-match losing streak with a 2-1 Boxing Day triumph over Leeds United. Currently sitting at the 11th spot with 35 points from 25 matches, Preston is determined to bounce back against Sunderland.
Sunderland vs Preston North End Head-To-Head and Key Numbers
Historically, Sunderland holds the edge in the head-to-head record against Preston North End. With 54 wins from their 123 meetings, the Black Cats have a superior record. Preston has secured 35 wins since their first encounter in February 1891, while 34 matches ended in a draw. Notably, Preston remains unbeaten in eight of their last nine encounters with Sunderland, boasting six wins and two draws since January 2005.
In recent form, Sunderland has won just one of their last four matches, losing twice and drawing once. Meanwhile, Preston has recorded only two wins in their last nine outings, suffering six defeats and securing one draw since mid-November.
Sunderland vs Preston North End Prediction
Considering the historical rivalry and recent form, the upcoming clash at the Stadium of Light is expected to be a closely contested battle. Both teams enter the new year with similar form, and we predict a hard-fought draw.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Preston North End
Sunderland vs Preston North End Betting Tips
- Tip 1: Draw
- Given the teams’ recent performances and head-to-head history, a draw seems a likely outcome.
- Tip 2: Both sides to score – Yes
- Both teams have shown goal-scoring prowess, with four of Preston’s last six matches witnessing goals from both sides.
- Tip 3: Over 4.5 cards – No
- Historically, meetings between Sunderland and Preston have seen fewer than five bookings in the last seven encounters, suggesting a disciplined game.