Gus Poyet still believes his Sunderland side have a ‘great chance’ of Premier League survival, according to the Journal.

The Black Cats are many people’s favourites to suffer relegation this season, with five of their remaining eight games against teams in the Premier League’s top seven.

But ahead of tonight’s crucial clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, Poyet appeared positive when discussing his teams survival chances, pointing to the fact that his team seems to have performed better against the bigger teams this season.

He said: “No doubt about it and we have big games against teams who will give us nothing.

“I think if we perform a bit better against the big clubs people accept it. Everybody says we have a great chance if we work hard, because there are three teams at the bottom and because we play against each other.

“They will think if we beat you and you don’t beat them then you lose and they win and you stay in the same situation.

“The only difference is we have one game like that (West Brom). We have a great chance.”

Poyet also had words of praise for former club Tottenham, and backed under-fire Roberto Soldado to come good.

Poyet added: “What can I say about Tottenham? They are a great side. What if Adebayor doesn’t play? Well, I saw Soldado at the start of the season and he was outstanding in the first two games.

“Now the whole situation with Tottenham doesn’t allow him to score more goals. On a good day he will score a hat-trick!”

 

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