Sky Sports pundit on Sunderland vs Fulham; predicts winner in tight game

David Prutton of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley at Hillsborough Stadium on August 10, 2013 in...

Sunderland will play host to Fulham in the Championship on Saturday.

David Prutton of Coventry City in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Bradford City at Sixfields Stadium on April 1, 2014 in Northampton, England.

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton predicted the outcome of Saturday's Championship clash between Sunderland and Fulham at the Stadium of Light, when writing his regular prediction column for Sky Sports.

The Black Cats have gone nearly a year since they last won a game at home - a quite remarkably poor statistic, and Chris Coleman will be desperate to end that miserable run at the weekend.

The Cottagers will be no pushovers though, having won three out of their last four Championship outings, and Slavisa Jokanovic's side will be looking to inch closer towards the promotion play-off spots with a win over 23rd placed Sunderland.

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

The last time the two side's met at the Stadium of Light was way back in January 2015 - an FA Cup tie that ended goalless.

Prutton wrote his regular column for Sky Sports, and predicted a tight encounter on Wearside - one that the Black Cats cannot afford to lose:

Slavisa Jokanovic, manager of Fulham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Fulham at Molineux on November 3, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

"We've reached a year since Sunderland last won a game at home. December 17, 2016 was the last time the Black Cats could celebrate victory at the Stadium of Light, when they beat Watford in the Premier League. They're up against a somewhat revitalised Fulham who have started to rediscover some of the style that catapulted them into the play-offs last season. But I think this will be the day for Sunderland when that dreadful run ends."

Prediction: Sunderland 1-0 Fulham

Chris Coleman's men can climb out of the relegation zone with a win on Saturday whilst Jokanovic's side could mathematically jump as high as eighth spot, if results elsewhere go their way.

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