Jamie Redknapp opens up on Bournemouth and Sunderland’s survival chances

Dean Court

Bournemouth and Sunderland both lost on Sunday and are facing a relegation dogfight.

Jamie Redknapp believes Bournemouth can stay up while coming to the conclusion that Sunderland won’t win many games after watching the duo’s Sunday defeats, Sky Sports reports.

The Cherries have suffered a succession of heavy defeats of late and couldn’t stop the rot on Sunday as they were downed 2-0 by south coast rivals Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium.

Eddie Howe’s injury-plagued side weren’t at the races during the opening period, yet an impressive second half showing offered plenty of belief that they can beat the drop this season.

Other than a 20-minute period before and after half-time, Sunderland on the other hand were completely outplayed in a one-sided encounter at Everton and were humbled 6-2.

The Black Cats were far too open in midfield and lack quality in key areas, prompting Redknapp to predict a struggle for Sam Allardyce’s side while offering hope to relegation rivals Bournemouth.

“Now I look at the league table and I think to myself there's no reason Bournemouth can't stay up. They've got good quality in their team and they've got a way of playing,” he said.

"I looked at Sunderland [losing 6-2 to Everton] today and they're not going to win that many games. Aston Villa have got major problems, as have Newcastle.”

"I think Bournemouth have got to keep believing. There's no reason why they can't stay up. They showed today that in the way they play they have a real belief and a manager who is top class.”

Defending

While both Bournemouth and Sunderland look capable of scoring, their biggest worries must be at the other end and how they can arrest the growing number of goals conceded.

Sunderland opted to play 4-4-2 against Everton and it just didn’t work. Tough calls are needed from Sam Allardyce, and one could include dropping Jermain Defoe in place of an extra midfielder.

At Bournemouth, there is little wrong with their energy levels and endeavour but supporters may fear there is a simple lack of quality in the absence of Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel.

The south coast outfit will need to dip into the market in January, otherwise they could ultimately find themselves fighting a losing battle.

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