Chronicle Live has revealed that the Black Cats drop an average of 0.3 points in the game immediately following the international break in relation to the game before - the highest of any side in the Premier League.
In games prior to international breaks, Sunderland average 1.1 points, but they fall to just 0.8 points in the games following.
Sunderland had just six men away with their respective countries for this ongoing break, and, despite the bigger teams in the division having more internationals on duty, Gus Poyet’s men appear to struggle with the return of league action, although they head into Saturday’s fixture at Southampton on the back of a win, having defeated Stoke City prior to the fortnight break.
However, the Black Cats’ task is made even harder this weekend, with Southampton being the team most positively affected by the international breaks, gaining an average 1.7 points in the games following international duty - a rise of 0.4 on their pre-break fixtures.
Two other teams suffer a similar dip in form to Sunderland, with West Ham and Liverpool also dropping an average of 0.3 points following the international break, although they regularly win more points prior to the gap in action.
In contrast to the Black Cats’ six first-team members away on duty, Southampton have an incredible tally of 16 squad members representing their country, and Poyet will be hoping that added fatigue in the Saints squad can finally see Sunderland break their dismal post-international break record.