Connor Wickham on Sunderland's advantage over next two games

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has explained the club's advantage ahead of games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has told the Northern Echo how he feels the club’s next two games will work in the club’s favour.

The Black Cats take on Arsenal and Chelsea in two of the worst fixtures the club could force as they look to close out their Premier League season.

The club aren’t mathematically safe but Wickham feels they have a good chance to pull clear of the bottom three before the season ends this weekend.

“We’ve got Arsenal and Chelsea, two teams that will probably let us play a bit because of the way they are,” he said.

“We’re away from home, but some of our away performances have been better than at home this season. It’s in our hands.”

Sunderland have a game in hand, which they play against the Gunners on Wednesday and it’s impossible for the club to finish on fewer points than Hull, currently 18th, are able to finish with.

The difference could be goal difference but if the team can battle for a point in either of the next two fixtures, that won’t be an issue.

Arsenal and Chelsea are both expansive teams, who are capable of controlling games through possession accumulated in midfield.

Sunderland can sit back, look to make things difficult and they are well suited to using their pace to their advantage on the counter attack.

Much of the hard work has already been done and the club’s manager Dick Advocaat can be pleased with the way the club have played.

They just need one final push to officially and mathematically get over the line.

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