Sunderland will be confident of making the next phase of the EFL trophy when they host Carlisle at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.
Both past meetings and recent form this should be a relatively straight-forward night’s work for the hosts with Sunderland in good shape heading into this tie.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last 17 home fixtures and have won 4 of their 6 on home soil.
Carlisle, in contrast, have suffered 4 successive away losses including heavy 3.0 defeats at Cambridge United and Oldham Athletic.
Sunderland will play in this game coming off the back of a 0-0 League One drawn game versus Charlton Athletic. Under three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Sunderland have taken part.
Carlisle United will go into the game after a 1-0 League Two win versus Barrow in their previous game.
The attacking players from Carlisle United have struggled for goals in their past 6 games, netting the unsatisfactory return of only 4.
4 of the last 5 meetings saw Sunderland winning with both teams scoring, but on this occasion, given Carlisle’s struggles in attack, particularly in away fixtures, both to score is not a bet worth taking with Carlisle failing to score in each of their last 3 on the road.
Sunderland look likely to get a couple of goals in this one when they meet Carlisle United, who will not find it easy scoring.
Our prediction: We see a 2-0 margin for Sunderland.