Jason McAteer backs Sunderland to beat the drop

Sunderland are set to take on Norwich City at the weekend.

Former Sunderland defender Jason McAteer has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT, which was broadcast on 14th April, that Sunderland still have the best chance of making it out of relegation.

The Black Cats are currently four points adrift of safety, and they are running out of time to make it out of the relegation zone.

However, McAteer is convinced that his old club can escape trouble, as they have Sam Allardyce at the helm.

Allardyce has plenty of experience of being in relegation battles, and he has shown a calm demeanour, despite increasing pressure.

Allardyce may not be so calm if Sunderland are beaten by Norwich City at the weekend, though.

Norwich are currently in 17th place in the Premier League table, and if Sunderland are beaten at Carrow Road that result could send them down.

“It’s a massive game,” McAteer admitted. “We’ve talked about Sam going in, and if you look at the managers all around you would look at him being the one with the most experience to get them out of there.

“They’re hanging on in, and getting a few draws, and if Jermain Defoe can stay fit he seems the big talisman.

“This game is a massive six pointer. You just think Sunderland might be the team that can claw their way out.”

Sunderland could move to within one point of Norwich, if they are to win in East Anglia, but a defeat would be disastrous, as it would leave them seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining in their Premier League season.

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