Sunderland Premier League Betting Preview

Sunderland Betting Odds

Sunderland Betting Preview

Sunderland’s Premier League odds of 1500/1 on them to win the title might have a few punters rushing to the bookies in the belief that the Black Cats could be this season’s Leicester City, but that just isn’t going to happen unfortunately.  

There’s precious little hope of Sunderland challenging for a top four or top six finish either and even a top 10 finish at the best available odds of 4/1 holds little appeal.

Sunderland has earned a reputation as the Harry Houdini’s of the Premier League in recent seasons, having survived several close shaves with relegation.  Even so, given the uncertainty over the future of manager Sam Allardyce, the current best price of 4/1 on Sunderland to be relegated on this occasion does look worth a wager.  The Black Cats struggled as it was last season, but any managerial upheaval at such short notice just as pre-season training is about to start could seriously undermine the club’s survival hopes.  That price could disappear fairly rapidly were Allardyce to depart. (Update: Sam Allardyce now left to become England manager)

If, as would seem likely, Sunderland are to be battling against the drop again, it’s difficult to believe that they will be genuine contenders in either of the cup competitions so, even at attractive odds, they don’t look worth backing in either.

Transfer Window



  • Wes Brown (out of contract)
  • Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers)
  • Steve Harper (out of contract)
  • Martin Smith (Kilmarnock)
  • Mikael Mandron (Eastleigh)
  • Liam Agnew (out of contract)

Sunderland’s record 2015-16

  • Premier League – 17th  
  • FA Cup – 3rd round (Arsenal)
  • League Cup – 3rd round (Manchester City)

Sunderland fixtures 2016-17

Sunderland couldn’t have had a much tougher start to their season than a trip to face Manchester City under the newly installed Pep Guardiola on Saturday 13 August.  That’s followed by a renewal of hostilities with newly-promoted Middlesbrough in a big North-East derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday 21 August.  The Black Cats end their campaign with a trip to London to face Chelsea on Sunday 21 May 2017.  

Sunderland Betting Tips


The big question mark for Sunderland at the time of writing is whether or not Allardyce will still be their manager going into the new season, with him currently being the odds-on favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager.  Whether he eventually takes the England job or not, it is certainly disruptive for Sunderland’s preparation for the coming campaign.

Should Allardyce depart, it will leave precious little time to find a replacement and to then bring in the players the new man wants.  For a team that only narrowly avoided the drop last season, that has to be a major concern.  

As yet there have been no additions to last season’s squad and, until a decision is taken as to what the future holds for Allardyce, it may well remain that way for a little while yet.  Few players are going to want to commit to a club without knowing who their manager is going to be, particularly not when a season-long relegation battle could be on the cards.

If Big Sam does leave for the England job, David Moyes would look to be a fair bet to replace him given his immediate availability.  The club can ill-afford to be negotiating compensation with clubs for anyone currently in employment this close to the new season.

The priority for the Black Cats in terms of new recruits is probably a striker to play alongside Jermain Defoe, with the former England forward himself being 34-years-old in August.  His goals were crucial in helping Sunderland to safety last term, but he can’t be expected to bail them out on his own again.

The squad needs replenishing elsewhere too, with a new left-back said to high on the list of priorities.

Sunderland Information

  • Official club site:
  • Stadium: Stadium of Light
  • Manager: David Moyes
  • Club nickname: The Black Cats
  • Year formed: 1879
  • Club owner: Ellis Short
  • Most League appearances: Jim Montgomery (537)
  • Most League Goals: Charlie Buchan (209)

Sunderland Club honours

First Division/Premier League

Winners (6): 1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36

Second Division/First Division/Championship

Winners (5): 1975–76, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2006–07

Third Division/Second Division/League One

Winners (1): 1987–88

FA Cup:

Winners (2): 1937, 1973

Charity Shield

Winners (1): 1936

Football World Championship

Winners (1): 1895