Since then, both teams have struggled to collect points and this is very much a relegation tussle on Tuesday night, with both teams occupying a place in the bottom three following defeats against Chelsea and Southampton respectively last weekend.
Martin O’Neill is a man under pressure after the Black Cats lost 3-1 on Saturday although a win would see the Wearside team rise to 15th place in the table and you can get 21/20 (Boylesports) that the majority of supporters are celebrating come the final whistle.
Losing to Chelsea was no big disgrace although it means just one win in eleven and that was away to a Fulham team who had been reduced to ten men at an early juncture. Steven Fletcher was a big miss at the weekend and he’s 11/2 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to make a scoring return by breaking the deadlock.
Stephane Sessegnon has been looking a good deal more lively for Sunderland in recent weeks and last season’s player of the year is a 15/2 chance although we are likely to see a tight encounter on Tuesday between two sides that are struggling confidence-wise.
Reading will feel they should have more points on the board after taking the lead in several matches before letting things slip and that 2-1 win over Everton remains the only time they have landed three points this season.
Stan James go 3/1 about an away win which would see them remain in 19th place but close the gap on Sunderland, Wigan, Aston Villa and Southampton for what should be a typically tense struggle against relegation.