Former Newcastle United attacker Peter Lovenkrands has told Sky Sports that Sunderland will not suffer relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.
Lovenkrands has full faith in Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat with whom he has worked in his playing career.
“It was very interesting to see them bring him in,” the 35-year-old said on the Sky Sports’ Morning View show on Thursday morning. “As as a coach, he used to have big teams.
“I am not saying that Sunderland are not a big team, but I mean that he always had teams where they looked upwards. He never had a team where he had to look down.
“So it will be interesting to see how he does in that role at Sunderland, but I am not worried. I think that he will deal with it and I think that he will keep Sunderland in the Premier League.”
Former Sunderland defender Phil Babb said on the same show: “I think Sunderland will stay up and Newcastle will stay up.”
Sunderland are currently 15th in the Premier League table with 29 points from 31 matches, just three points above the relegation zone.
The Black Cats returned to winning ways on Sunday when they got the better of Newcastle United 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are still very much in danger of going down to the Championship, but fortunately for them, there are two teams who are worse than the rest of the sides in the Premier League.
Leicester City look doomed for relegation, while Burnley will be many Premier League followers’ to join them.
With Queens Park Rangers, Hull City and Aston Villa all below them in the standings at the moment, Sunderland will know that they will stay up as long as they better the results of those sides between now and the end of the season.