David Prutton is expecting Sunderland’s wait for a victory at the Stadium of Light in 2017 to continue, with Reading holding the Black Cats to a draw this weekend, reports Sky Sports.
Writing in his prediction column for Sky, Prutton has predicted a 2-2 draw between Sunderland and Reading in Chris Coleman’s first game in-charge at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are yet to win a home fixture in 2017, and Prutton is expecting that to continue when Reading visit the North East, despite the Black Cats showing signs of improvement following Coleman’s appointment.
Coleman oversaw a spirited performance in the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, before masterminding just Sunderland’s second victory over the Championship season last weekend against Burton Albion.
Late goals from James Vaughan and George Honeyman secured a 2-0 victory for Coleman’s side, who moved off the foot of the Championship table and within two points of safety.
However, Sunderland face a sizeable task this weekend against a Reading side, who are beginning to show signs of returning to their best, with Jaap Stam’s side losing just once in their last six Championship fixtures.
That run of form, including a 3-0 victory over Barnsley on Tuesday, has lifted the Royals up to 16th in the Championship table.
Reading are on an excellent run of form in the Championship, but will come up against a Sunderland side full of confidence under their new manager.
It remains to be seen how much last weekend’s victory over Burton has buoyed Sunderland, but you would expect it to have some sort of impact on Coleman’s squad.
This is another perfect opportunity for Sunderland to end their wait for a home victory, which we think they will.
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