When Chris Coleman was appointed as manager of Sunderland in November it sparked a flurry of bets on the Black Cats to finish in the top half of the Championship table. Three months later, Sunderland’s latest home defeat against Brentford has left them three points adrift of safety and led the former Wales boss to describe the midweek visit to Bolton as the ‘game of the season’.
A week ago a remarkable recovery from three goals down to earn a point at Bristol City had given the club’s long-suffering fans some hope that there was still some life in the team, but Coleman’s side have taken only four points from the last 21 available and they are now a best price of just 2/5 with Ladbrokes to be relegated to the third tier. Tuesday’s opponents Bolton have edged out of the bottom three in recent weeks, but they have played a game more than the two teams immediately below them, Hull and Barnsley.
Both Bolton and Barnsley are 6/5 with William Hill to be relegated, while Hull are as big as 9/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral. The Tigers have won only two of their last 18 Championship games and although they have tightened up defensively since Nigel Adkins replaced Leonid Slutsky, they have not seen an upturn in results. It’s quite conceivable that two of last season’s relegated Premier League teams could go down again, despite the benefit they receive from parachute payments.
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