Kick-off: 1230, 04/08/2018
Stadium: Stadium of Light
TV: Sky Sports
Back-to-back relegations have left Sunderland in League One but they can start to recover by seeing off Charlton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Two years ago, the Black Cats opened with a game against Manchester City in the Premier League, so hopefully they will find their current company far more conducive.
The Addicks are no mugs at this level, but 17/20 for a home win is hard to oppose as our first Sunderland vs Charlton prediction.
A Look At Sunderland’s Betting Odds
New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has brought in former St Mirren boss Jack Ross to try and kick-start a resurgence on Wearside.
Huge changes in playing personnel should help the Black Cats to make a fresh start, with a number of over-rated high-earners shipped out.
Former Wycombe midfielder Luke O’Nien became the club’s 10th new recruit this week, with promising young Watford forward Jerome Sinclair an eye-catching loan signing.
A Look At Charlton Athletic’s Betting Odds
Lee Bowyer earned plenty of plaudits for leading Charlton into the play-offs last term, winning six of his first nine games after taking over towards the end of March.
However, the Addicks lost 1-0 in both legs of a tie with Shrewsbury and off-field issues continue to hamper hopes of further progress at The Valley.
Losing highly-rated centre-half Ezri Konsa to Brentford and Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis to Bolton was a double blow, especially as Charlton have a small squad.
Bringing in experienced midfielder Darren Pratley is a boost, but we just fear Athletic may struggle up front early on.
Let’s add 11/2 for the Black Cats to grind out a solid 1-0 success to our Sunderland vs Charlton betting tips.
SUNDERLAND 3-0 Wolves – Ovie Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher, Patrick McNair
Shrewsbury 1-0 CHARLTON
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