Sunderland will face league leaders Manchester United tomorrow without seven key players through a combination of suspension , injuries and ineligibility .
Danny Welbeck on a season long loan from Old Trafford is not allowed to play and he along with midfielder Lee Cattermole will be particularly missed by the Wearsiders who have risen to sixth in the Premier League courtesy of some consistent play in the last two months .
Steve Bruce's side are proving very hard to beat nowadays and even with such selection problems for the Black Cats backing Man Utd at best odds of 2/7 is too risky given the capacity of Darren Bent or Asamoah Gyan to score goals on the break .
Whilst United sit proudly at the top of the Premier League they have not impressed regularly this season and a number of key players have been affected by the flu virus over the past week .
United of course have a formidable record at home in the Premier League and will expect to win comfortably to maintain their two point lead at the top .
Perhaps the best way to back the Red Devils tomorrow is via a correct score bet with Bet365 , who will refund your stakes if the game ends 0-0 .
Sunderland earned a goaless draw in their most recent away Premier League game at Fulham and would be delighted if they could repeat that result again tomorrow . With keeper Craig Gordon at last discovering the form that convinced Roy Keane to splash at £9M for the Scot four years ago there is a chance that could happen and it is certainly a worthwhile insurance .
However United will probably prevail as they do in over 80% of home Premier League games and odds of 8/1 about a 2-1 home success could prove to be too generous .