Manchester United legend Gary Neville predicted on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show how Sunderland’s 2015-16 Premier League campaign will unfold.
“You look at Sunderland, and it’s groundhog day,” said the former United and England international defender.
“Fans walking out after 45 minutes, 50 minutes, despondent, sacking managers, team meetings…
“They are an average team, to be honest with you, with average players who recruit badly, and they scramble each year.
“We will be sat here come the 32nd game of the season, saying they need a miracle, and they will probably win five games in a row and do it.”
Sunderland have made a bad start to the 2015-16 Premier League campaign, having lost their opening two games of the season.
Following a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium, the Black Cats went down 3-1 to Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.
Last season, Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League, and the 2015-16 campaign looks likely to be similar.
Sunderland are a big club and have a strong following, but over the years they have become also-rans in the Premier League and consistently struggle for survival.
Under manager Dick Advocaat this season was supposed to be different, but some things never change.
The Black Cats are back in action on Saturday afternoon, when they take on Swansea City at home in the Premier League.