BBC pundit on quality Leicester are showing, and Sunderland are lacking

Sunderland Stadium of Light

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has commented on the Premier League relegation battle following Saturday’s results.

Former Tottenham Hotspur player Garth Crooks feels Leicester City’s victory over West Bromwich Albion could have big implications for Sunderland, the BBC report.

The Foxes fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at the Hawthorns, their second successive victory after beating West Ham United last week.

The spirit and never-say-die attitude from Nigel Pearson’s men was wonderful to see, however the same can’t be said of Sunderland who endured a horrendous afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats were downed 4-1 in embarrassing fashion by Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, a performance which stands in stark contrast to last weekend’s derby victory over Newcastle United.

Crooks said before the game that Leicester were all-but down, but following the day’s events he has changed his stance by claiming Sunderland represented a team who didn’t want to survive.

"Today could be the turning point for Leicester. I have to change my position because today there was everything I didn't see at Sunderland - a team that wanted to survive."

Fellow BBC pundit Martin Keown was also heavily critical of Sunderland, saying: “It's been the worst performance I have seen all season, from Dick Advocaat's side. They have been completely outclassed."

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Following Leicester’s win over WBA, avoiding the drop doesn’t seem such an impossible task given their relatively favourable fixtures remaining.

Home games against QPR, Swansea City and Newcastle United could wield some victories, though away games at Sunderland and Burnley are also going to be real six-pointers.

Nigel Pearson’s side have never been outclassed this season, and their current status as the Premier League’s bottom club is often misleading going on some of their impressive performances.

Sunderland, in contrast, are bang in trouble and end the season with two away games at Arsenal and Chelsea – not the sort of games they would wish to finish on if in need of points.

Fortunately for the Black Cats, Hull City have an even more daunting end-of-season run-in and fellow rivals Burnley and QPR are struggling for wins themselves.

34 points may prove to be enough to avoid the drop this season, and it’s a tally Leicester are certainly capable of achieving.

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