The hosts were devastated to witness a 2-1 home loss to relegation-threatened Tranmere on Tuesday night after going four games without a loss.
Despite winning three of their last four games at Bloomfield Road by a score of 2-1, the Seasiders failed to make an impression in Neil Critchley’s first home game in charge.
After Simon Grayson was fired from Blackpool in the middle of February, Critchley was named the team’s manager. Prior to Grayson’s departure, the Tangerines had lost seven of their previous nine games.
With a scoreless draw against playoff-bound Fleetwood in his first match, Critchley got off to a strong start. However, it will take time to see how well he performs in his first senior managerial position.
The black cats have lost three of their last five games outside of the Stadium of Light while failing to score in each contest as the playoffs draw closer.
Even though two of the games were against formidable foes, supporters will be concerned that their team has only won five of its last fifteen away games.
Similar to the hosts, Sunderland suffered yet another defeat on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 to Bristol Rovers without scoring. Due to the defeat, Phil Parkinson’s team is now outside the top six despite having played one more game than the other four teams holding playoff spots.
This season, the hosts have performed well at home, but in each of their last eight games at Bloomfield Road, they have given up a goal.
In their last four games, including their most recent two meetings with Blackpool, Sunderland have failed to keep a clean sheet.
The teams’ recent record of two wins, three draws, and three losses in their last six games also indicates that both teams are playing at a comparable level.
1×2 Betting Odds
Sunderland simply cannot perform as they did on Tuesday night with only three shots on target, so a low scoring draw could be on the cards as an outcome!
The betting market has no idea how this one is going to pan out with dead even odds!
Blackpool who will play in front of their home side are the slight underdogs with odds @ 3.00.
Sunderland, who are currently 9th of the table as opposed to Blackburn who are 22nd, are the slight favourites with odds @ 2.6.
The chances of a stalemate and points being shared, stands @ 3.3.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.2.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.73.
One interesting insight is that Bloomfield Road has seen goals this season but Sunderland are defending much better with just 24% of road games seeing over 2.5 goals scored!
Judging by the over/under odds, the market believes this to be a low scoring game!