Former player Dion Dublin has predicted on social networking site Twitter that Norwich City will edge Sunderland 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and has pinpointed the home team’s supporters as a key factor behind his decision.
In the weekend’s biggest fixture at the bottom of the table, Norwich currently sit in 17th position in the Premier League and four points clear of Sunderland, who are desperate for all three points.
A win for Norwich would make them huge favourites to stay up, while victory for the Black Cats would provide a huge confidence booster and bring them to within a point of their relegation rivals.
Taking to social networking site Twitter ahead of the game, Dublin has stated that he is backing the hosts to beat Sam Allardyce’s men 2-1, and has explained how the Carrow Road crowd have a big part to play.
“It’s a relegation battle, anything can happen. The key to this one if the Norwich fans and I think Norwich will just nick it 2-1,” the former striker explained in his video.
"This is the ultimate relegation six-pointer and difficult to call really. One thing’s for sure is that it will be very tense. Sam Allardyce said this week it is a must-not-lose, which tells you how he’ll set up. I can see a very tightly and evenly contested draw," Holland explained.
Newcastle United, sitting two points further back from Sunderland, host Swansea City this weekend and victory for the Magpies would add further pressure on their rivals to claim all three points.
It has now become a race for survival between three teams looking to avoid joining Aston Villa in relegation to the Championship, and this weekend will go a long way in deciding the final outcome.