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Manchester United and Sunderland face off at Old Trafford on this match of the 27th round of the English Premier League.

Van Gaal’s team is now in the 4th place of the English championship with 47 points, coming from 13 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses. United keeps going strong, climbing the table at an excellent rate after a rocky start and can even “rob” the 3rd place from Arsenal with a win.

Facing them, Sunderland which hasn’t won away for 4 straight matches. At the moment Poyet’s squad occupies the 16th place with 25 points coming from 4 wins, 13 draws and 9 defeats.

The head-to-head history between the teams clearly favours United with 10 wins and 3 draws on their last 15 matches.

Analysis of Manchester United

Manchester’s attack is their strong suite. However, when they are forced to defend, they do so with huge insecurity due to the absence a commanding experienced figure on their main backline.

On this match the team will not be able to rely on their biggest offensive threat, Robin van Persie, injured. Covering his spot will be Wayne Rooney, the team’s second best scorer with 8 goals.

On the defensive side, the Dutch Blind is the centrepiece of the red defence with his excellent tackling and ball recuperation skills.

Van Gaal will probably utilize is typical 4-4-2 formation, relying on ball possession and organization.

Probable starters: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Di María, Herrera, Fellaini; Rooney, Falcão.
Coach: Louis Van Gaal

Confirmed Lineup: De Gea, J. Evans, M. Rojo, C. Smalling, A. Valencia, A. Young, Ander Herrera, Á. di María, D. Blind, R. Falcao, W. Rooney.
Coach: L. van Gaal.

Analysis of Sunderland

Sunderland’s main attacking threat will be Defoe. The English striker add tremendous quality to the team’s offensive processes (already has bracers on five matches), finishing most of the opportunities created by his teammates.

On the mid field, Cattermole is the dominant force. Although not having the best technical abilities, he has amazing physical properties, chasing every ball like it is the last. He is a key piece on this team.

Facing Man united. Poyet will probably adopt a low block tactic with close sectors and heavy pressure on his own midfield trying to contain the opponents attack and take advantage of the fast breaks through the wings.

Probable starters: Pantilimon; Réveillere, O'Shea, Brown, Aanholt; Cattermole, Gómez, Larsson; Johnson, Álvarez, Defoe.
Coach: Gustavo Poyet

Confirmed Lineup: C. Pantilimon, W. Brown, A. Réveillère, J. O'Shea, P. van Aanholt, Jordi Gómez, A. Johnson, L. Cattermole, S. Larsson, J. Defoe, C. Wickham.
Coach: D. Advocaat.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this match will be Man United scoring at least 2 goals. It is expected that the Reds will control most of the game’s action creating the best scoring opportunities. Sunderland, on the other hand, will most likely adopt a low block trying to score an important point.

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Premier League - 2014/2015

  • 100% 380 / 380 Games

  • Home team wins 45.26%
  • Draws 24.47%
  • Away team wins 30.26%
  • Over 1.5 71.58%
  • Over 2.5 48.42%
  • Over 3.5 26.05%
  • Goals 975
  • Goals /match 2.57
  • Goals /match home 1.47
  • Goals /match away 1.09
  • Both teams score 49.21%
  • Goals after 80' 15.59%
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