Gus Poyet will be hoping for his boys to bounce back from their weekend 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hull City.
Sunderland finished the match with only nine men following red cards for Andrea Dossena and Lee cattermole, and the bookmakers consider them to be outsiders to triumph over a Southampton side which has enjoyed a blistering start to this season’s Premier League campaign.
Bet365 consider the Black Cats to be worth 13/5 to win this match, and Poyet will hope this game can be used to boost confidence ahead of the clash with Manchester City this coming Sunday, with the Wearsiders victorious in their last home against North-East rivals Newcastle United.
Di Canio has been fielding strong teams in this competition’s previous rounds, and having disposed of Peterborough 2-0 in the last cup match they have a great chance to repeat the feat in this round. It is expected that this Saints team will bear little resemblance to the side that held Stoke city to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium.
Pochettino will have his eye on Saturday’s match against Hull on Saturday, with victory giving them the chance to go into the international break with an impressive 22 points from 11 games. The Argentine has a large squad from which to choose from.
Despite this, Southampton are firm favourites to leave the North-East with maximum points, with Sky Bet offering 11/10 that the Saints will be making a date with Chelsea in the next round.
Japanese forward Tadanari Lee led up front against Bristol City in the previous round of the competition, and is priced at 7/1 to break the deadlock and open the scoring in this match, while Gaston Ramirez is 9/1 to achieve the same feat.
Earlier this season the two teams fought out a 1-1 draw at Southampton, with the visitors close to claiming maximum points, so who knows where the spoils will end up this time.
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