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Nic Ladds 1st May 2010 - 15:44

No favours for Fergie at The Stadium of Light

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will do his old club no favours in their pursuit for the title as his side welcome Manchester United to the Stadium of Light.

Although Sunderland do not have a great history against United, and Man Utd will be ruthless in their pursuit for points, I think Sunderland will make it tricky for the Red Devils.

Considering only two sides, Chelsea and Villa, have walked away from Wearside with three points this season, it shows how solid the home side are.

Sunderland also gave a good account of themselves in the reverse fixture, they would have picked up an unlikely away victory would it not have been for Anton Ferdinand's late own goal.

There are some good prices to be had on Sunderland if you think they can end United's title challenge. The Black Cats are 7/1 to win in 90 minutes, 11/2 on the draw no bet and 2/1 doubled with the draw.

Predicting a correct score in Sunderland's favor also yields some impressive prices, 14/1 the lowest price at a totally feasible 1-0 home win.

It is pretty tough to recommend anything other than a United win, especially in a match with so much riding on them coming away with three points. If you disagree and think it will go to form Man Utd are 4/11.

Sunderland will obviously be looking to top-scorer Darren Bent to add to his 25 total goals this season, considering he has scored in both his previous matches against United, he looks a good price to score first at 7/1.

Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand returned to training this week and are both pushing for a start. If he can start, Rooney has 34 goals to his name this season and is 5/2 to score first.

As Liverpool v Chelsea kicks off early, United will come in this match knowing what needs to be done. If Chelsea fail to pick up three points then Sir Alex will surely make sure his side give nothing less than 100% and get the required result.

I reckon if Rooney does not manage to start, goes will come from elsewhere for United, Nani (6/1 first) or even Paul Scholes (15/2) look good to chip in for the cause.

I do think Sunderland will at least keep it interesting and I will be backing the double result and also both teams to score at 11/10.

It should be a good match and whatever the result at Anfield, this title race has undoubtedly been the most exciting in recent years.



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