Sunderland Tipped For Further Disappointment By Pundit

Sunderland have been quite inconsistent ever since Michael Beale took charge of the club a month ago, following the departure of former boss Tony Mowbray.

The Black Cats have won just two of his first six matches in all competitions and have suffered defeat three times while also drawing away at Rotherham United at the end of December. The side’s most recent game was a 2-1 loss away at second-place Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

This defeat has now left Sunderland outside the playoff places on goal difference, with Coventry City leaping inside the top six after a tremendous run of form over the past few weeks. However, Beale’s side return to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon for the first time since the gruelling derby defeat to Newcastle United in the FA Cup.

The visitors, Hull City, are merely one point behind their opponents and another loss for Sunderland could potentially leave them as low as 12th in the table if other results go against them which is lower than when Mowbray was relieved of his duties.

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton believes that the Wearside club will endure further disappointment this weekend by falling to a 2-1 defeat to the Tigers. Writing in his EFL predictions column, the former Leeds United player said:

“Michael Beale needed a response at Ipswich after that defeat to Newcastle. Sunderland took the lead but couldn’t hold it, and the pressure is already building a little. Even though they are still very well-placed in the league.

“As are Hull City. Although they are in a poor bit of form themselves, with four defeats from five. Injuries have cost them a little and you could see against Norwich they just lacked that clinical touch. But I saw enough to make me think they can get a win here and cause a few rumblings at the Stadium of Light.”
Writer’s View
Beale wasn’t the most popular appointment at the Stadium of Light when it was announced that he would be Mowbray’s successor, especially since his stint with Rangers ended disastrously. Another loss would pile pressure on the former Queens Park Rangers manager.
However, beating Hull City could possibly lift Sunderland back into the playoffs and end a two-game losing streak. Additionally, it would mean that Beale’s team have done the double over Liam Rosenior’s side, having beaten the Tigers 1-0 at the MKM Stadium on Boxing Day.
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