Former Sunderland star Gary Bennett has suggested his old side only have six games to save their season, despite eight to play.
Dick Advocaat’s career at the Stadium of Light didn’t get off to the best start with a 1-0 defeat in the last game at West Ham. The coach would have been hoping for a point from that game but it didn’t happen and Sunderland need to regroup after the international break.
“The next six games are especially crucial, because nobody will be expecting us to win the final two games, at Arsenal and Chelsea,” said Bennett.
“Sunderland proved in last season’s great escape that any game can be winnable at this time of the season, but they won’t want to go into those final two matches adrift of safety.”
The difficulty of those final two games in the Premier League means Sunderland have to try and put themselves in the best possible position before those games against Arsenal.
Arsenal will be fighting for Champions League football and Chelsea will be going all out to win the title, which means two very difficult games for Sunderland who could be fighting to stay up.
As things stand Sunderland are just above the bottom three with a one point cushion over Burnley.
Their safety is in their hands but the team have to try and put more points on the board as quickly as possible to ensure that they take the pressure off before those tricky fixtures.