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Coventry vs Sunderland Betting Tips, Free Bets & Match Preview

Sunderland’s play-off aspirations have faded in the past few days and Saturday sees them travel to Coventry in a bid to reignite their campaign.

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Although Coventry find themselves lying 11th in the Championship table at the time of writing, even Mark Robins’ men cannot be overlooked when it comes to the top-six discussion.

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Just when the Championship has a habit of being a foregone conclusion, it has a habit of pulling you right back in. Middlesbrough are suddenly doing their best to gatecrash the automatic spots; many teams are looking to gatecrash the play-off places themselves.

If you were to look at the top half of the table before the weekend’s fixtures get underway, you can make a strong case from any team between fourth and twelfth eventually snaring one of those precious top-six berths.

A status that is currently not afforded to either Coventry or Sunderland and with the two teams facing each other this Saturday lunchtime, both will be looking to add three more points to their current tallies.

Something that in England’s second tier is far easier said than done, as the only consistency that is usually displayed in the division is inconsistency. Then again, both sides have performed well enough in recent weeks.

When looking at each of their last six fixtures, the Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last three and have only lost two of their last half dozen Championship outings. While the Black Cats saw their five game unbeaten run come to and at Rotherham.

A surprise reverse it must be said and one that will still rankle with manager Tony Mowbray. With the play-off race being as brutal as it is, the Stadium of Light outfit will be fully aware of dropping important points.

Especially as Sunderland have had little joy in the West Midlands and of each of their last seven visits in all competitions, they have failed to offer a performance that has been worthy of an away win.

A statistic that Coventry boss Mark Robins will certainly be aware of and considering his side have earned seven points from the last nine on offer, this is a team that beginning to look upwardly mobile.

Although four points separate the hosts from the visitors, a win for the former this Saturday lunchtime would certainly bunch the play-off pack even closer together and this is something I like the look of before the fixture comes around.

Not only that, but five of the last six fixtures have ended with under 2.5 goals in total and when you combine this with a home win. Odds of 7/2 look tempting enough for me to serve up my first of two tips.

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Coventry vs Sunderland

Coventry vs Sunderland Tips

Our top-value pick for Saturday's match

In addition to this, Coventry are averaging 1.09 goals a game this season and although a 1-0 correct score bet does not offer enough value on its own. The same score at both half and full time certainly does and at 12/1, this pick is also going on the betting slip.

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Coventry vs Sunderland

Coventry vs Sunderland Tips

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Dan Tracey

Dan is one of our resident football experts at Freebets, and also the host of our Freebets Odds On Podcast