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Wimbledon v Sunderland Predictions

Saturday afternoon's early League One kick-off sees AFC Wimbledon host Sunderland, as the Lee Johnson's Black Cats make their first visit to the new Plough Lane stadium. Here are the odds and tips that have caught our eye.

The hosts are in serious danger of dropping back down to the fourth tier, and currently find themselves bottom of the form table with just one point taken from the last 18 on offer (five defeats, one draw) - with particular concerns at the back, having conceded two or more goals in five of the games of that streak.

Glyn Hodges men are now in the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference, although the table remains compact and they have a game in hand on many of the sides above them. They should also be relatively fresh for this one, given their last league outing was a 2-1 home defeat to league leaders Lincoln a fortnight ago, while Tuesday's 1-0 EFL Trophy win over Bristol Rovers may help boost confidence and give the coach some thoughts in terms of selection - although the club is still in the aftermath of a recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Sunderland also had issues with the virus, which resulting in cancellations over the festive period and giving new manager Johnson the unenviable task of playing catch-up on the sides in the promotion race. They sit 10th and have now drawn their last three matches, with last Saturday's lacklustre 1-1 draw at home to second-placed Hull a big opportunity missed in terms of closing the gap on automatic promotion. The North East outfit also sailed through to the last eight of the EFL Trophy in midweek, beating Port Vale 2-0.

These two sides last met only a month ago, in which they played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium Of Light. Sunderland had previously won all three of their meetings with Wimbledon since dropping down to the third tier in 2018.

Wimbledon v Sunderland Betting Tips

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SUNDERLAND TO WIN AND BTTS @ 4/1

Wimbledon Team News

Glyn Hodges has no new injury concerns here, so is expected to call upon his tried-and-trusted personnel, with striker Joe Pigott likely to be the first name on the teamsheet - he's scored 10 goals already (only two players in the league have managed more), as well as being Wimbledon's top assister with four. He scored the opener from the penalty spot up in Wearside last month and will be hoping to make a similar impact on home soil here.

Ryan Longman could partner him in the attack, with Anthony Hartigan, Alex Woodyard and Jack Rudoni comprising a three-man midfield, with eye-catching 21-year-old Nesta Guinness-Walker and Cheye Alexander providing width on the left and right respectively.

Luke O'Neill (ankle) and Paul Osew (knock) remain doubts, while centre-half Paul Heneghan is expected to remain sidelined after suffering an injury during the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Oxford.

Wimbledon v Sunderland Betting Tips - SkyBet

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JOE PIGOTT TO SCORE ANYTIME @ 9/5

Sunderland Team News

Skipper Conor McLaughlin in a doubt for this one, Lee Johnson's latest injury headache, leaving the former Bristol City manager with fewer options in defence. Meanwhile, veteran striker Danny Graham (who has only managed one goal on his return to the club) is expected to remain out with a knee injury). Denver Hume (hamstring) and Arbenit Xhemajli (knee) are also unavailable, while this one appears too soon for Luke O'Nien (shoulder) - although a first-team return is said to be imminent.

Expect to see experienced local boy Grant Leadbitter leading from midfield, alongside Josh Scowen and Max Power. Charlie Wyke (seven goals) ought to start in attack as ever, and looks their most potent goal threat, while 34-year-old wide forward Aiden McGeady will hope to reprise his role after scoring against Hull and Port Vale over the past week.

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Is Wimbledon v Sunderland on TV?

No, the Wimbledon v Sunderland match isn't being shown live on UK television, but it will be available to stream online via each club's iFollow provider for a fee. It's a 13:00 kick-off on Saturday, January 16.

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