Sunderland booked their place in the Championship this season by defeating Wycombe (2-0) in the play-off final. They produced a 16 match unbeaten run from the end of February to get into the play-offs and then go on and win it so confidence will be high.
Alex Neil is the man in the dugout and the former Norwich and Preston boss knows this division well. The main goal threat for the Black Cats is Ross Stewart who grabbed 26 goals last season.
Coventry finished 12th in 2021/22 and will be looking to push on again and challenge for the play-offs. They need to improve their defence which was bottom ten last campaign while they had a top ten attack.
Mark Robins is the man in the dugout for the Sky Blues and has done an under-rated job at the club. Viktor Gykores was their leading light last season with 17 goals while Callum Doyle on loan from Man City is their most eye-catching signing.
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Sunderland vs Coventry Match Stats
The North-Eastern side will be looking to mark their return to the Championship in style but face tricky opponents in Coventry. The Sky Blues finished 12th last season and both teams could be content with a point from the opening day.
Both teams have goalscorers so you could extend out the betting on the draw by taking a trio of corect scores together in the group betting market offered by Sky Bet. This would return if the game finishes 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3.
1 March 2020 – Coventry 1-0 Sunderland – League One
23 November 2019 – Sunderland 1-1 Coventry – League One
13 April 2019 – Sunderland 4-5 Coventry – League One
29 September 2018 – Coventry 1-1 Sunderland – League One
3 February 2007 – Sunderland 2-0 Coventry – Championship
The Sky Blues have dominated the recent meetings between the pair winning three and drawing one of their last four. They are unbeaten in their last two visits to the Stadium of Light and lost just two of their last five here.