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Sunderland visit Norwich City in a six-pointer this afternoon.

Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to the loyalty of Sunderland fans as they gear up for a 500-mile round trip to Norwich City this afternoon.

Carrow Road plays host to a massive six-pointer which could go a long way toward deciding which of the two sides preserve their Premier League status in the face of potential relegation.

The Black Cats, who sit 18th in the table and have a game in hand, are guaranteed to stay behind 17th-placed Norwich regardless what happens, but victory would see them move within a point of the Canaries.

Such a big game will draw thousands of North-East visitors, and manager Allardyce has taken a moment to acknowledge the commitment for the lengthy trip down South.

Excellent fans, and they'll need to be something of a 12th man today as Sunderland remain one of the most out-of-form sides in England's top flight.

Allardyce's boys have managed just one win from their last 11 Premier League outings - a 2-1 victory at home to Manchester United - and they will need to pick that form up if they are to survive.

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