A whole host of new signings are set to be unveiled as Sunderland players as the Black Cats take on Arminia Bielefeld in a pre-season match.
Steve Bruce has been busy adding to his squad after letting loan stars such as Danny Welbeck and John Mensah return to their clubs, while Darren Bent left the team in January in a big money move to Aston Villa.
Seb Larsson, Keiren Westwood and David Vaughan look to be solid signings on frees, while the likes of established Premier League performers Craig Gardner, Wes Brown and John O’Shea have also come in.
Connor Wickham is the man Bruce has put his faith in to fill the void left by Bent’s move away from the club and the former Ipswich Town teenager will be hoping for a strong pre-season campaign in order to hit the ground running when the Premier League kicks off.
Sunderland are strong favourites for the match at the Schuco Arena and have been priced at just 21/20.
This means those who stake £20 on the Black Cats at bwin.com to win the match will collect returns of £41 should Bruce’s men be successful in the warm-up game.
“We’ll have a look and see who’s available tomorrow,” Bruce told the official club site ahead of the friendly with Arminia Bielefeld.
“There’ll certainly be some new faces playing which is sure to be interesting for the fans.
“We have everyone out here bar the injured players; we’re all together and that’s important.”
Football betting fans who fancy the Black Cats to keep a clean sheet in the game could be tempted by odds of 13/10 against both teams scoring.
A £20 bet on this outcome at bwin.com would therefore mean returns of £46.
Sunderland will be hoping to improve on last season’s Premier League effort, when a winter dip and loss of form derailed their attempts to qualify for a European competition.
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