Andy Gray predicts Stoke City v Sunderland

Sebastien Larsson

The Black Cats are fighting for their Premier League lives.

Writing on Paddy Power.com, Andy Gray has tipped Sunderland to beat Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon and take a step toward Premier League safety.

The Black Cats, who sit 17th in the table, one point ahead of Norwich City and Newcastle United - who have played one game more - have safety in their own hands as manager Sam Allardyce looks to steer his side away from the Championship.

Historically, Stoke away has been a fixture that no team has looked forward to, but the Potters have very little to play for this season, with Mark Hughes's side losing their last three games and shipping 12 goals in the process, scoring once.

Few would back against Sunderland also capitalising on City's apparent end-of-season apathy, and Gray fancies Allardyce and co to pick up a "huge win" in their battle against relegation.

"Sam Allardyce avoids relegation. It’s just what he does. Normally Stoke would be a home banker. But they seem to have just given up for this season. Sunderland need every point they can get and I can see them getting a huge win," he wrote on Paddy Power.

Victory would set the North-East side up very nicely to win their battle against the drop. After this, they welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light, but they finish the campaign with a trip to Everton and a visit of Watford in two very winnable games.

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