Sunderland are one of the bigger sides in the lower divisions and as such are one of the favourites to lift this season’s EFL Trophy, however their principal aim will be to climb back into the Championship at the first time of asking after they were surprisingly relegated into the third tier of English football last term. With new owners in place and a new manager at the helm, things appear to be on the up at the Stadium of Light with the Black Cats sitting third in the League One table thanks to an excellent first-half of the season. Jack Ross’s men turn their attention away from league matters on Tuesday evening when they lock horns with arch-rivals Newcastle United in the EFL Trophy although it won’t be the Magpies’ first-team that they will be taking on.
Newcastle United’s youth outfit ply their trade in Premier League 2 Division 2 where they currently sit fifth in the table having beaten Sunderland’s youth side a few days ago. They got their campaign off to a slow start but have lifted themselves up of late with five wins and just a single defeat in their last seven league games. Most of the squad will be facing Sunderland in tonight’s cup clash and they will be confident of continuing their excellent form against one of their fiercest rivals.
The bookmakers are of the opinion that this will turn out to be a high-scoring affair but we certainly don’t share these views. The EFL Trophy does see a few high-scoring affairs between mismatched sides but Sunderland have been keeping things tight in recent weeks and we expect them to prove too much of a handful for Newcastle’s youngsters. Home advantage will almost certainly play a huge part in determining the outcome of this match and the hosts’ experience will result in them edging this tie very much their way, Coral Bookmakers going 27/10 on Sunderland to win and under 2.5 total goals.