Oxford United v Sunderland Match Preview & Free Bets

Sunderland remain in touch with the automatic promotion places with games-in-hand over the sides above them in the League One table

Sunderland suffered back-to-back relegations from the Premier League down to League One although they are looking in excellent shape to bounce back up to the Championship at the first time of asking, the Black Cats sitting within spitting distance of the automatic promotion berths as things stand. They enjoy games-in-hand over the sides above them in the division and as such remain in with a strong chance of finishing top of the pile at the close of the campaign.

Nevertheless while Sunderland have proven themselves difficult to beat this season, they have been grinding out quite a few 1-1 draws along the way against sides in the lower reaches of the League One table such as Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury. Jack Ross’s men will certainly have no shortage of backers for their weekend outing but Oxford have been putting in some strong performances recently and they too will be confident of claiming the spoils.

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Oxford United are involved in a relegation battle which is wide open right now with over half of the clubs in the second tier far from secure. Nevertheless while Oxford sit in the bottom four in the division, they have made it clear that they won’t be going down without a fight and following a 2-2 draw with Barnsley and a 2-1 win over Portsmouth, we envisage them managing something for their troubles this weekend with a share of the spoils being a satisfactory outcome for the home side but less so for the visitors, William Hill Bookmakers going 23/10 on a draw.