Sunderland vs. Wycombe Wanderers Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 19, 2022 20:45 CET
The League, One promotion final will be played on Saturday at Wembley between Sunderland and Wycombe. The winner will be promoted to Championship.
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Now or never. Sunderland is now four seasons in League One, and this is their third time in the playoffs. Their fans are desperate for promotion to Championship and finally getting out of this league. Sunderland was relegated from Championship in 2018. They were one of the promotion favorites in every season, but they never managed to finish in the top two places and get automatic promotion. Three times they finished in the playoff place, and in the previous two times, they were defeated, once in the semi-final and once in the final.
Will it be a third time lucky? Sunderland was one of the favorites for the promotion before the season started. They played well until February, and for a couple of rounds, they were in the top two, but they started a bad run and slipped to 7th place. The manager Lee Johnson was sacked, and Alex Neil took charge. They stabilized a team and finished in the top 6 with a fantastic form of 13 games without a defeat. They beat Sheffield Wednesday in two games and go to the final.
The whole town lives for games like this. Fans became desperate, and one more season in League One will totally kill them. In the last 13 games, Alex Neil stabilized a defense and kept seven clean sheets. Sunderland conceded more than one goal only once. That is the main difference since he took the job because, with Lee Johnson, Sunderland had nine clean sheets in 30 games.
The striker Ross Steward has had a fantastic season with 25 goals scored. Alex Pritchard is in charge of creativity. Youngster Patrick Roberts, especially Jack Clarke, proves to be a great January addition.
— Sunderland AFC StatZone (@SunderlandAFCsz) May 17, 2022
The “rock and roll football” is going to Wembley for the second time in two years. Two years ago, Wycombe won at Wembley against Oxford in League One promotion final, but they were relegated from Championship last season.
Wycombe, like Sunderland, spent the major part of the season in the top 6. Their manager Gareth Ainsworth has been in the club since 2013. He has a unique style of play. Wycombe doesn’t like to have a ball or to play with passes. They are a typical lower-league team. Their major characteristic is that they are an experienced team with an average age of over 30. They are very physically strong and mostly relies on long ball and set-pieces.
Joe Jacobson is in charge of set-pieces; he has a powerful shot and seven assists this season. The target man is Sam Vokes. He scores 17 goals (7 headed goals) and has a fantastic season.
Wycombe also, finished the season in a strong fashion with 12 games without a defeat and seven clean sheets.
Wycombe was a non-league team until the 1992/93 season, when they were promoted to the Football League. In the last 30 years, they were between the third and fourth-tier with only one season in the second tier.
Two days to go!
Gareth Ainsworth has got his boys fit and firing for Saturday’s final, and cannot wait to get out on the pitch at Wembley.
His full chat from this morning is now live on WanderersTV.#Chairboys
— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) May 19, 2022
They met each other six-time in 2018. Sunderland has won two games, Wycombe one, and three games were finished with a draw. Three games were finished with under 2.5 goals, and three with over 2.5 goals.
Team news and injuries
Sunderland: Aiden McGeady, Leon Dajaku, and Nathan Broadhead are back in contention. Jordan Willis is a long-term absentee.
Wycombe: Anis Mehmeti is questionable.
Sunderland vs. Wycombe Wanderers Prediction
This game will be played at Wembley. Sunderland will be backed with 46.000 supporters and Wycombe with 22.000. The VAR will be in use for this game.
Between these two teams is a huge difference in size. Sunderland is a very big club, with a big fan base, and they have a couple of major trophies. On the other hand, Wycombe is a small club that spent a major part of its history in non-league.
Wycombe manager says that this game is David vs. Goliath. The common thing for both clubs is defense. They are very hard to break and we think that this game will be a very close one. The stake is big and we wouldn’t be surprised if this game goes to the extra time or penalties.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
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