When you talk about the English Premier League, it’s hard not to mention Sunderland AFC. Established in 1879, Sunderland — or the Black Cats as hometown fans know them — has captured six First Division championships with its last title coming during the 1936 season. Sunderland also finished as league runners-up on five other occasions. The club has also won England’s Second Division title five times — its last crown coming during the 2006-07 campaign.
The Black Cats have also had success away from domestic league competition, winning the FA Cup twice and were runners-up twice. Sunderland is also winners of the Charity Shield and Sheriff of London Charity Shield. Sunderland has never won a League Cup, but finished as runners-up in 1985 and 2014.
The team, which Sunderland has a longstanding rivalry with Newcastle United, set a record for most goals scored in a single season during the 1955-56 season when the club netted 106 tallies in 46 matches.
Since being promoted to the Premier League in 2007, Sunderland has become one of the wealthiest teams in the world with a worth of US$93 million.
Bobby Gurney, who played 25 seasons with Sunderland, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 228 total goals. Former Sunderland goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery is the club’s all-time leader in appearances with 627.
Sunderland Betting Lines Today
It’s crucial to keep track of Sunderland’s upcoming opponent, regardless if it’s in league play or cup competition. Despite finishing 17th in the standings in 2016, Sunderland performed reasonably well at home where they posted a record of six wins, six draws and seven defeats.
That’s something to keep in mind as you decide to put your money on Sunderland heading into the upcoming season. Use the next game widget, which provides the bettor with up-to-date odds, as a helpful tool to keep track of Sunderland’s schedule.
Sunderland Scores & Schedule
The schedule maker wasn’t kind to Sunderland this time around as the club will take on Premier League favorites Manchester City in the opening game of the season.
The match will be played at Etihad Stadium on Aug. 13. Sunderland will face a much more favorable matchup in Week 2 when they host Middlesbrough on Aug. 21.
Keep track of Sunderland’s schedule on a weekly basis before placing your bets.
Sunderland Standings Right Now
Sunderland won’t be expected to contest for a Premier League crown in 2016-17. Expect them to be a middle-of-the-pack team at best and even battling to stay out of the relegation zone.
That doesn’t mean the Black Cats won’t be able to contend against the top teams in the league. Sunderland will keep games interesting and won’t be blown away on any given night.
Keep track of where Sunderland and its upcoming opponents sit in the standings before putting your money down.
How To Win Sunderland Betting
Sunderland flirted with relegation during the 2015-16 season, finishing fourth from the bottom of the table with a record of nine wins, 12 draws and 17 defeats. Their 39 points were just two better than rivals Newcastle United, which was relegated to the League Championship.
The Black Cats dodged a bullet, to say the least, but they’ll be looking for a better performance when the 2016-17 season rolls around.
They’ll have their work cut out for them as Bovada pegs Sunderland at +100000 underdogs to win the Premier League outright — making them the top division’s biggest outsider alongside Bournemouth, Hull City, Burnley, Middlesbrough and Watford F.C. Bovada also has Sunderland at +250 to be relegated back to the League Championship.
Bet365.com pegs Sunderland at +4000 to win the FA Cup crown and +5000 to capture the England EFL Cup.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe led the team in scoring last season with 15 goals and is the club’s best chance of repeating the same feat during the 2016-17 season. The online sportsbook pegs Defoe at +5000 to lead the entire Premier League in scoring during the upcoming campaign. Another player to keep an eye on is Italian striker Fabio Borini, who netted five goals last year. Bet365.com puts Borini at +8000 to top the Premier League in scoring.
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