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Sunderland’s run-in gives them a chance at unlikely Premier League survival

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 15 Apr 2017

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Sunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes has spent the season in the relegation zone.

Sunderland manager David Moyes recently admitted the club’s current situation is “hurting” him with the Black Cats having spent the entire season in the relegation zone.

The North-East club have seven games to overturn a hefty deficit in the Premier League to secure their survival, but their run-in gives them hope of clawing themselves from the bottom-three.

Sunderland’s remaining Premier League games
(15/4/17) Sunderland vs West Ham United
(26/4/17) Middlesbrough vs Sunderland
(29/4/17) Sunderland vs Bournemouth
(6/5/17) Hull City vs Sunderland
(13/5/17) Sunderland vs Swansea
(16/5/17) Arsenal vs Sunderland
(21/5/17) Chelsea vs Sunderland

West Ham United are all but safe and have little other than pride to play for. Middlesbrough can’t buy a win of late and are in the relegation zone with Sunderland, Bournemouth have won just two away games from 16 this season, Hull City are in a relegation battle and have the second-worst defensive record, while Swansea are in the drop zone and have won just three of 16 away games.

Sunderland’s next five outings come against sides 14th and below in the Premier League table. In the reverse fixtures earlier in the season, Sunderland beat two of the five sides so they stand a chance of picking up points. The Black Cats are currently rock bottom in the table with 20 points from 31 games, 10 adrift of safety with 21 points remaining. They have gone seven without a win, losing six, but have the worst home form in the division.

David Moyes’ side have lost more defeats than any other side, while scoring the second-fewest goals and had the third-longest winless run this season. Sunderland’s top scorer Jermain Defoe has netted 58% of the club’s goals in the Premier League in 2016/17, and the second-highest scorer has just three to his name. They face West Ham United this weekend, a side who themselves have been in poor form in recent weeks, which may provide Sunderland their best chance of a win.

“I’m definitely hurting and I’m certainly not enjoying the feeling of being down her. I don’t enjoy losing every Saturday but we pick it up. In football there is another chance and we’ve got another chance against West Ham. The players every week have done everything they can but at this moment we might be lacking in a bit of quality at times,” said Moyes. Sunderland are 33/1 to stay up in the Premier League this season.

Do David Moyes’ men stand a chance of survival?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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