Sunderland entertain Southampton in one of the lunchtime kick-offs in the Championship on Saturday.

The game, which is an interesting match-up between two sides expected to be in the promotion picture this year, will be broadcast on Sky Sports and we’ve had a look at where the value lies ahead of the contest.

Sunderland vs Southampton Tips

  • Adam Armstrong to score anytime @ 8/5
  • Southampton to score in both halves @ 2/1

Team news

Sunderland will be without Ross Stewart, Elliot Embleton, Dan Ballard and Jay Matete for the visit of Southampton, with all of them sidelined through injury.

Southampton boss Russell Martin has no fresh injury concerns heading into this fixture, but he’ll have to deal with the loss of winger Nathan Tella, who joined Bayer Leverkusen earlier in the week.

The hosts have had a slow start to the season, winning just one of their four games as they look to match last year’s stunning top-six finish. The visitors are one of five sides still unbeaten, winning three from their opening four games.

Adam Armstrong to score anytime @ 8/5

As Southampton have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, striker Adam Armstrong has played a key role in it. The forward is the current joint-top scorer in the division with four goals so far and with his vast experience at this level with Blackburn Rovers, everyone was expecting him to thrive this season.

Southampton have taken to Martin’s possession-based style already and they are only going to keep improving. The players will become better equipped for their roles in the system and Armstrong is already looking at home in this shape.

It’s always good to see your forward get off the mark early into the campaign and Armstrong is already brimming with confidence. He will fancy his chances to get on the scoresheet again this weekend at the Stadium of Light.

Southampton to score in both halves @ 2/1

In Southampton’s strong start to the season, they have found the back of the net in both halves of three of their four fixtures, and there is a strong chance they can do this again when they face the Black Cats. Sunderland have conceded in both halves twice already this season and as they are still await building momentum in the second tier, Tony Mowbray’s team still looks susceptible conceding.

This is something Southampton can exploit with their expansive style of play and the star-studded quality they have both in the starting line-up and on the bench. Sunderland do have a lot of quality in their ranks themselves and so they do have the ability to hurt the Saints. And this in turn could lead to a high-scoring fixture with goals in both halves.

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