Vergini: This is how many games Sunderland need to win

Santiago Vergini is keen to see Sunderland pick up before the end of the season.

The Black Cats have six games left to secure their Premier League status, but Vergini has told the Northern Echo that he wants the club to achieve safety in the next ‘three or four’ games.

“In an ideal world, we would win the next three or four games and then we could enjoy the rest of the season,” the Argentine centre-half said.

Although they have won just one game since the appointment of Dick Advocaat, scoring two goals in three games and conceding five, the Black Cats relegation fears are still not founded.

There are three clubs that are undoubtedly worse than them, and a drop to the Championship would be unlucky, rather than through a lack of quality. Regardless, there is still only one point separating the Wearside club from the final relegation spot occupied by a rejuvenated Leicester, and Advocaat will be keen to swiftly move up the table and away from the bottom three.

The task that Vergini sets out certainly will not be easy, with the next run of games tough for any team, let alone one very much out of form. But it is the upcoming run of four games which offers the club their greatest chance of picking up points, with away games at Arsenal and Chelsea how they end the campaign.

Stoke are up this weekend, before Southampton, Everton and Leicester, and it could be that tie which decides the divisional future of one of the involved parties. It would be suspected that if the Black Cats are to have any chance of staying in the top flight they would be safe from relegation by that time, with Arsenal and Chelsea likely to go all out to claim victories as they clinch their hands on the title and second place respectively.

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