Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has suggested on Coral.co.uk that Sunderland will escape the drop to the Championship at the end of the season.
Sunderland are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 19 points from 23 matches.
The Black Cats are four points behind 17th-placed Norwich City and are in danger of going down to the second tier of English football.
Former Newcastle striker Shearer, though, believes that Sunderland will stay up due to the presence of manager Sam Allardyce.
“The relegation battle is going down to the wire,” the former England international striker has written on Coral.co.uk. “Villa are showing signs of improvement but I still think it’s too late for them.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise if Sunderland avoided relegation. If Big Sam can’t pull off a great escape, I don’t think anyone can.”
Allardyce is a specialist in keeping clubs up in the Premier League, but it is not going to be easy this season.
Sunderland are still defensively vulnerable and are conceding far too many goals.
One of the main features of Allardyce’s teams over the years has been their defensive strength, but it seems that the Englishman is struggling to make that work at the Stadium of Light.