Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has suggested his desired points total for this season in the Northern Echo.
Poyet has suggested that the Black Cats can’t rely on a low points total being enough to keep them up this season and has set the side an ambitious target.
“I’m old-fashioned, and I always look at 40 points to be safe. Lately, for some reason, you haven’t even needed 35,”
For Sunderland to achieve that total, they need 15 points from their final 11 games in the Premier League this season.
That equates to five wins, which will be difficult but isn’t impossible for the team over the rest of the season.
The side have a little bit of breathing space over the other sides in danger of the drop, but they could be on the verge of the bottom three if they lose and other results go against them during the mid-week games.
Sunderland have five home matches left this season, which is where Poyet should be targeting the victories. They haven’t won away from home since the win against Newcastle on December 21.
The Black Cats have to try and get the hard work out of the way because they play Everton, Southampton and Chelsea in their final four league games of the season.