Sunderland 0 - Southampton 4: Gabbiadini brace helps Saints demolish struggling Black Cats


(Sunderland) have confidence from their last result. A win here could see them get out of the relegation places, however, which Moyes will no doubt use to motivate his men.

Despite Rodwell's injury woes we will see Adnan Januzaj and John O'Shea fit for selection despite injury concerns against Palace.

Southampton's mini-break will have a very different focus to that of Sunderland as they head off on a four-day team bonding trip to NY. Southampton beat Sunderland 1-0 earlier in the season but have only won on of their last seven visits to this stadium.

Next up for Claude Puel's side is a clash with relegation threatened Sunderland, who have began to produce some strong form in recent weeks.

Sunderland is 20th with only 19 points from 25 games.

Sunderland have to be the bet here.

The Frenchman added: "It is important all the players stay focused about the work and to give a good answer for this game".

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The Black Cats nearly shot themselves in the foot when Billy Jones' poor backpass fell to Gabbiadini, who snatched at the ball and shot wide.

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Centre-back Jason Denayer put through his own goal two minutes from time, then Saints substitute Shane Long side-footed home to complete Sunderland's humiliation.

His absence, which could yet extend to the EFL Cup final against Manchester United on February 26, further weakens a squad already missing defender Virgil van Dijk, also because of an ankle injury.

The Italy global found the net via his upper arm to break the deadlock at the Stadium of Light, sending the Saints on their way to a first win in four games. They are [3.8] to make it three in a row, and [5.8] to win the match without conceding.

Sunderland are on a four-match winless streak against Southampton in all competitions. There might be a squeak of value in his Sportsbook quote of [2.3] given he has found the back of the net in four of their last six.