Charlton v Sunderland Betting Tips & Predictions
Charlton Athletic made heavy weather of reaching the League One play-off final despite winning 2-1 at Doncaster in their semi-final first leg match.
The Addicks took an early lead at The Valley in the second leg before losing their way and they were actually behind on aggregate before eventually coming through to win on penalties.
Lee Bowyer’s side now make the relatively short trip to Wembley Stadium bidding to become a Championship club once again, with Charlton having finished third in the overall standings.
Scoring goals is clearly not a problem after plundering four against Donny over two games, although the defence shook several times in that tie and the same can’t be said of Sunderland who successfully snuffed out the threat of Portsmouth.
The Black Cats enjoyed a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light before landing a goalless draw at Fratton Park and Pompey were thwarted in their attempt to penetrate a rearguard which had been well-drilled by manager Jack Ross.
Jon McLaughlan proved to be a steady pair of hands and has been an ever-present since arriving from Hearts, while Max Power and Lee Cattermole add steel to the midfield department and we’ve got a slight preference for them to win this match.
However, with so much at stake, we’ll instead take a low-scoring game at odds of 1.70. We can back Under 2.5 Goals and know that there will be a payout if there are two goals or less scored during the ninety minutes.
Sunderland will have the blueprint from beating Portsmouth 1-0 over 180 minutes and it’s hard to see them deviating from this strategy, while Ross is certainly more of a safety-first manager than a gung ho one.
The teams played out a 1-1 draw at The Valley back in January and we’re likely to see a similar type of game at Wembley, with the possibility of extra-time likely to be looming its head.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.70 with bet365