Sunderland vs. Manchester United Premier League Odds & Pick

Steven Suarez

Friday, August 22, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

The Red Devils didn't have the start to their season that they would have liked, and now they face Sunderland away from home. Let's examine the soccer betting odds before coming up with our top pick for this Premier League battle.

Odds Overview
Despite being away from home, United is listed as a -135 to -140 favorite on the soccer odds board. If you believe the value lies with Sunderland, you can find them at roughly +375, with a draw in the +250 to +300 range.

 

Sunderland
In one of the more entertaining matches from opening weekend, Sunderland earned a 2-2 draw against West Brom away from home.

It was a dream start for the Black Cats, who got a rare goal from Lee Cattermole in the fifth minute. The Baggies evened up the honors with a penalty close to halftime, before taking a 2-1 lead in the 74th minute. It looked as if Sunderland was going to let points slip away.

Instead, Seb Larsson found the back of the net in the 80th minute, helping the Black Cats grab a crucial point away from home.

Gus Poyet has done a nice job since taking over the club last season, and it appears his players understand his system and believe in his message. The Black Cats played a 4-1-3-2 last weekend, with Cattermole in the holding role, Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell and Larsson a little further forward, and Connor Wickham and Darren Fletcher up front.

Will Poyet line his team up in a similar way against United?

 

Manchester United
After losing their first Premier League match, the Red Devils will be eager to bounce back against Sunderland. United didn't look too good in the 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City, however, so it's going to be interesting to see if any changes to the starting XI are made and whether or not the club will be able to respond.

Wayne Rooney got his name on the score-sheet in the loss, but the Red Devils didn't look fluid in attack, and there were a lot of ineffective performances out there. The 3-5-2 formation involved Phil Jones, Chris Smaling and Tyler Blackett in the back, with Juan Mata operating just behind Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, who was subbed off after the first half.

Judging by what we've seen so far, United is in need of more players, and they know that. The Red Devils just signed Marcos Rojo, who should immediately step in and get a lot of playing time for United's shaky back-line, and they're eager to make more splashes this summer.

Another big name in the transfer market would be most welcome – Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria have been linked with the club – as Louis van Gaal's continues to shift his squad around to find out what works best.

There's more good news for the boss in the fact Robin Van Persie appears close to match fitness and will therefore be expected to return this weekend. Van Persie is one of the best forwards in the world, so he'll be a welcome boost to the site, no doubt about it.

Is Manchester United worth backing for the 2014-15 Premier League Title?

Premier League Pick
This is a tough one to call.

On one side you've got a United team that's got a lot more quality, but on the other you've got Sunderland, an outfit that knows how to grind out results and will have the advantage of being at home this weekend.

It's going to take time for the Red Devils to find their footing and really start performing at full strength, as they still try to adjust to a new formation. We believe there's value in adding the draw to our soccer picks for Sunday's match at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats looking to prove their worth.

Pick: Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1

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