Jermain Defoe says Sunderland's luck will turn, makes big statement about what they are capable of

The Black Cats striker claims there is no reason that his side cannot look to win every game as they fight to avoid relegation.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told the club's official website that the team's luck will turn soon and claimed that there is no reason they cannot aspire to win every single remaining match this season.

The Black Cats are third from bottom of the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety with just seven games left of the season after failing to break through against a stubborn West Bromwich Albion side at home last weekend.

That 0-0 draw left Sam Allardyce's side with just one win from their last 10 matches and means their situation remains perilous ahead of hosting league leaders Leicester City on Saturday.

Defoe, who has scored eight goals in 12 matches for the club since the turn of the year, feels that the Wearsiders have been unlucky not to secure more victories from the recent fixtures but is adamant that their luck will turn.

He told the club's website: "At this stage of the season every game is big and the pressure is on, but if we stay positive and we believe we can do what we’ve done before then that’s it because there is no reason why can’t we win every game.

"The reality is that we’re in a similar position to last season and once again we need to get out of it. At Southampton we conceded late on, against Newcastle we couldn’t hold on and those four points are just an example of what could have been a lot more.

"Last weekend we had so many chances and usually at least one hits the back of the net, but Ben Foster was unbelievable especially in the second half when we locked them in and they just couldn’t get out. It was frustrating but if we keep performing in a similar way our luck will change and we will pick up the points we need."

Sunderland will have to do things the hard way if they are to avoid relegation for another year, with Leicester, Norwich City, Arsenal, Stoke City, Chelsea, Everton, and Watford as their final seven fixtures.

They have a game in hand over Norwich will could be pivotal, and regardless of whether they can get a positive result against the Foxes the clash with the Canaries next weekend is likely to go a long way to deciding their fate.

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