Sunderland v Southampton: Black Cats a must bet at a huge price

"My biggest disappointment is there was an opportunity here to get out of the bottom three and build on a great result against Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, a chance to build on that".

"For the moment it is hard for me to comment on this because he has not signed for Southampton", he told a press conference. Southampton's defence is one of their strengths (though undoubtedly a weaker unit without van Dijk), but I'd still be a backer of unders if forced to have a bet in the market.

Sunderland haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League games against the Saints (W1 D5 L2), conceding 16 goals - although half of those came in an 8-0 defeat in October 2014.

Jermain Defoe has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Southampton for Sunderland. Darren Gibson and Joleon Lescott are both pushing for their first starts in Sunderland shirts.

However, Manolo Gabbiadini struck twice in the first half to leave Sunderland stunned, before an own goal from Jason Denayer and a Shane Long strike late on piled on the misery.

Southampton: Forster 6, Cedric 6, Stephens 7, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 7, Romeu 7, Davis 6, Ward-Prowse 6, Redmond 6, Tadic 8, Gabbiadini 8.

Their away form needs improving and they'll be aiming to avoid a fourth straight loss on the road here.

Sofiane Boufal is likely to miss this through injury.

There hasn't been a goalless draw between these sides in any competition since March 1978 - each of the last 37 games has seen at least one goal scored.

They have failed to score a few times in 20 of their 24 league fixtures this season.

Sunderland must wait two weeks before they are next in action against Everton, with Moyes adding: "Like everybody else we don't have a game next week so we'll be in the same situation".

If there was a debate over the first goal, there was none over the second as £14.6million January signing Gabbiadini turned John O'Shea to double the visitors' lead.

  • Rosalie Stanley