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. However, they endured a miserable 2016-17 season and will face a season - or more - in the Championship.
The Black Cats have also had success away from domestic league competition, winning the FA Cup 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.
Sunderland Betting Lines Today
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No matter how you slice it, Sunderland are in for at least one grueling campaign in the Championship. Check their fixtures list below and concoct a sound betting strategy.
Sunderland Standings Right Now
Sunderland should fight for Premier League promotion in coming seasons but can they pull it off the season after being relegated? Track their current progress below.
How To Win Sunderland Betting
Sunderland flirted with relegation during the 2015-16 season, finishing fourth from the bottom with a record of nine wins, 12 draws and 17 defeats. Their 39 points were just two better than rivals Newcastle United, who was relegated.
How the tables have turned just one season later. Newcastle celebrated winning the Championship while Sunderland spurned the last of their nine lives. Bovada had Sunderland at +250 to be relegated before the 2016-17 season kicked off, a tasty bet had you the foresight required.
Why did Sunderland go down? Well, they easily had the Premier League's worst home record, winning only three of 19 matches at the Stadium of Light. They didn't fare too much better on the road, where they had the league's fourth worst record.
David Moyes, who is no longer Sunderland manager, was absolutely hopeless. He signed many former Everton players, all of whom have seen better days. The Black Cats were one of two teams who failed to score 30 goals. Only fellow relegated side must live with that dubious honor. Oh, and Sunderland conceded 69 goals, ensuring they had the second worst goal difference in the league. Only Hull, at -43, had a worse differential.
Their only bright spot was talisman and elder statesman Jermain Defoe, who scored 14 goals. Sunderland won't find the Championship easy, especially with their current roster. Sure, they have a lot of Premier League experience, but most of those players look beaten, tired and unfit to play in an explosive, physically demanding league.
Expect the Black Cats to remain in the Championship for at least a few seasons. At least the club got rid of David Moyes, who plagued the locker room with consistent, habitual negative sentiment. I'd avoid backing this team in the futures market, at least until they're able to get their identity back, whicy has been missing for a couple of seasons now.
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