BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair makes confident prediction about Sunderland, praises Lamine Kone

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Trevor Sinclair believes Sunderland will stay up under Sam Allardyce.

Pundit Trevor Sinclair has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Sunderland will stay up under Sam Allardyce.

The Black Cats drew 1-1 away at Southampton last weekend, with Virgil van Dijk's injury-time equaliser cancelling out Jermain Defoe's opener for Sunderland.

This weekend, Allardyce's men won't be in action due to their game against Everton being postponed, with the Toffees in FA Cup action against Chelsea.

That means that Allardyce has plenty of time to prepare for next weekend's crucial Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United, with both teams desperately fighting against relegation to the Championship.

Sunderland currently sit one point clear of the bottom three, and a win over Newcastle would make them clear favourites to beat the drop and celebrate another season in the Premier League.

However, pundit Trevor Sinclair is already confident that Sunderland will survive, predicting that Allardyce is going to keep them in the top flight.

Sinclair also told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Sunderland bought well during the January transfer window, and highlighted the arrival of defender Lamine Kone from Lorient as a particularly important buy, as he's given Sunderland what they needed - a big, powerful centre back.

"I think Sunderland will stay up," said Sinclair. "Sunderland bought well in the transfer window in January. They brought in a big defender in Kone, and I think they needed to. Sam is proven - he does what it says on the tin. I think he's going to keep them up," he added.

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