Gus Poyet is the man charged with lifting Sunderland off the foot of the Premier League table and out into the realms of safety, after he was named as Paolo Di Canio’s replacement on a two-year contract.
At a club that has gained just one point from their first seven games and is already six points from safety, there is plenty of work to be done. But a glance through the Uruguayan’s record at Brighton indicate there are a few regular bets worth taking now he’s in charge at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland fans can expect to be fed a diet of under 2.5 goals
Any bubbling excitement the Mackems might be feeling in anticipation of a vibrant change of style under their new South American boss should be extinguished. Poyet never cut Brighton loose to ravage opposition defences and isn’t likely to change that at a struggling club.
In his three full seasons in charge of Brighton he finished the league campaign with at least half of the games falling under 2.5 goals each time, even in League One where he collected the title.
In total Poyet saw 76 of those 138 games fall under the threshold and is evens to see his first game at Sunderland, a trip to Swansea, go the same way.
Poyet only lost nine of 138 Brighton home league games
The ex-Chelsea midfielder took time to settle into his management role in Sussex, winning four of his first ten games, but ended his time at The Amex with a very pleasing home league record.
In the same three full seasons at the Seagulls, which took in campaigns in both League One and the Championship, Poyet only lost nine games. That stat will be music to the ears of the Sunderland faithful, who’ve enjoyed just one league win at the Stadium of Light in the last 12.
Sunderland are currently 7/5 to beat Newcastle in their next home game.
He’ll make The Black Cats difficult to beat
Gus Poyet may not have been as devout a disciple to the free-flowing, attacking form of the game as fellow South American manager Ossie Ardiles, but he is extremely adept at getting results, precisely what Sunderland need.
In the Uruguayan’s 194 games in charge of Brighton in all competitions Poyet lost just 49 of them, a mere 25 per cent.
With wins and draws a major part of Poyet’s managerial repertoire, backing Sunderland on the double chance market would be a sensible recurring bet to make. They are 3/2 to be undefeated in his first game in charge against Swansea.