Crystal Palace v Sunderland (November 23)
Crystal Palace are in much better form at the moment and have a better team than Sunderland.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce knows how to win these sorts of games, but one suspects that it will be hard for the Black Cats to even pick up a point from next week’s Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Sunderland
Sunderland v Stoke City (November 28)
Sunderland need to win matches like this in order to retain their Premier League status for next season.
Playing at home will give the Black Cats an advantage, and one suspects that Allardyce’s team will just about pick up all three points.
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City
Arsenal v Sunderland (December 5)
Sunderland are in terrible form at the moment and are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Winning against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is too much to ask of the Black Cats.
Even a draw is not feasible for Allardyce’s side. This game should end in a comfortable win for the Gunners.
Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland
Sunderland v Watford (December 12)
Watford are doing better than Sunderland at the moment despite being one of the three promoted teams.
The Hornets have shown this season that they are not afraid to go for a win on the road, and on this occasion they could earn a draw.
Sunderland 2-2 Watford