Kick Off: 1945, 10/08/2017
Stadium: Gigg Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Bury boss Lee Clark has brought in a whole host of new faces this season and may look to justify that investment with an EFL Cup upset of Sunderland.
The Shakers beat the Black Cats 2-0 in this competition at Gigg Lane when they last met 11 years ago and a similar outcome would only represent a minor surprise this time.
We reckon 11/5 for the League One outfit to prevail is fair value for our Bury vs Sunderland betting predictions.
A Look At Bury’s Betting Odds
Bury managed to overcome missing two penalties when starting the new season with a 1-0 home victory over Walsall.
Jermaine Beckford, one of 18 summer signings, made amends for having an early spot-kick saved by heading in the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time.
Chris Maguire was also denied from 12 yards out in the second period, but Bury will be happy with the number of chances they created.
Punters can get 9/2 for the Shakers to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the game and that’s good enough for our Bury vs Sunderland betting tips.
A Look At Sunderland’s Betting Odds
New Sunderland boss Simon Grayson will be aware of the threat posed by Beckford after being in charge of the former £3million striker at Preston last season.
Another sub-plot to this fixture is that the Black Cats took James Vaughan away from Bury after he was the second-highest scorer in League One last term with 24 strikes.
However, Grayson’s job this term is all about achieving Championship stability and possibly even pushing for promotion back up to the Premier League.
Grayson made a solid start with a 1-1 draw against Derby and said: “It is going to be a slow process but we’ve got to take positive steps and we gave ourselves the platform to build up.
“I haven’t got a magic wand, I can’t suddenly turn this club into a real positive, happy-go-lucky club playing free-flowing football – they’ve got to earn the right, but it’s about taking those small steps.”
Upcoming league trips to Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday, then a visit from Leeds, must surely take precedence for Sunderland, though, and that makes them worth taking on here.
Looking at the Bury vs Sunderland odds, we like 21/2 for a 2-1 home win.
BURY 1-0 Walsall – Jermaine Beckford
SUNDERLAND 1-1 Derby – Lewis Grabban (pen)
Head-to-head: Bury 2-0 Sunderland.
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