Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has written in The Daily Mail that Sunderland can get something from their final game of the season.
The Black Cats have four more matches remaining in the Premier League, the last of which is against Chelsea away from home in London.
Winning at Stamford Bridge is not easy for any team, but Redknapp believes that Sunderland will be able to pick up a point at least.
That’s because Chelsea have already won the Premier League title.
“Their last two fixtures are so tough but with Chelsea champions, heading to Stamford Bridge on the final day of the season may not be quite as bad as they thought,” wrote Redknapp in The Daily Mail. “You certainly don’t want to go there on the last day facing a Jose Mourinho side needing to win.
“Of course it was Sunderland who ended Mourinho’s incredible home record last season and with the atmosphere at the ground one of celebration rather than desperation, they might just be able to sneak something.”
While Redknapp has a point, perhaps Chelsea will not be keen to end the season with a loss. Given the nature of manager Jose Mourinho, he will certainly want his players to win the final game of the campaign.
Even if Chelsea take it easy, Sunderland simply cannot afford to think that at this stage of this season.
The Black Cats have three more matches before that, and they have to give their all to pick as many points as they can.
Dick Advocaat’s side will face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, before taking on Leicester City (home) and Arsenal (away).
Arsenal are fighting for the second place, which means that they are not going to make it easy for Sunderland.
Everton are a good team who have been doing well over the past few weeks, which leaves Sunderland the tough task of winning against fellow relegation candidates Leicester at the Stadium of Light to escape the drop.