With the Championship season starting again this weekend, it’ll be a huge weekend for plenty of teams in the second tier.
One football club that could certainly be desperate to get going – and have a positive result – is Sunderland. After four seasons in League One and plenty of fans of the side growing tired of their endless efforts for promotion, they will be delighted to be back in the Championship.
With Alex Neil at the helm and plenty of talent in the squad, they’ll be eager to get a first three points on the board. With the fans behind them and the side ready to play back in the second tier, there is every chance they could pick up that win too.
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However, if the club want those three points, they’ll have to see off Coventry and that won’t be easy. Mark Robins’ side were contenders for the play-off places last term and whilst they weren’t able to seal a spot in the top six, they still bagged themselves a place in the top half of the Championship.
Having continually played some good football since their promotion from League One and continued to build every season, they’ll all want to try and finally break into the promotion spots next time around. That will mean that they too want to try and seal a win this weekend.
Speaking about the fixture to OLBG too, Clinton Morrison has revealed that he can’t call the game one way or the other. Instead, the pundit says that it could end in a score draw between the two outfits this weekend.
Speaking about the game then, he said: “I’m at that game so I need to be careful what I say, but I’ll go for 1-1.
“Sunderland need to be strong at home this season and I think Coventry have brought in some good players and kept their better ones as well.”
It is a difficult game to call between Sunderland and Coventry this weekend and there are plenty of reasons why either club could win.
Sunderland are a club on the up again and under Alex Neil – who is very experienced at doing well in the Championship – they have themselves a good manager who can seal plenty of points for the Black Cats this campaign. He has goals in the side with Ross Stewart and has also made some shrewd additions so far this transfer window.
With Coventry, the side have retained some of their best players like Viktor Gyokeres, who can pretty much guarantee a double-digit goal season if they can give him chances and keep the player fit. They’re continuing to build something special and you wouldn’t rule the club out of the play-off hunt.
A draw as Clinton Morrison says then, could be a solid result for both on the opening weekend of the season.