Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has predicted in The Daily Star that Sunderland will not suffer relegation from the Premier League.
The Black Cats are currently third from bottom in the league table with 30 points from 33 matches, just a point behind 17th-placed Leicester City but with a game in hand.
“Sunderland won’t go down without a fight,” Merson wrote in The Daily Star. “They open a game up so much, trying to score goals, that they could get beat 4-0 again before the end of the season.
“However, I think they will make chances and win games as well. They might have a chance.”
Sunderland are among a number of teams who are in danger of going down, but they do still have a chance of surviving the drop.
The problem with the Black Cats at the moment is that they are out of form and cannot win games.
Since taking over at the Stadium of Light, manager Dick Advocaat has won just one match - a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at home on April 5.
That win was supposed to see Sunderland turn around their fortunes, but in the following match they were hammered 4-1 by Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light.
Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium was something to cheer about, and it is imperative that Sunderland build on that with victory over Southampton today.