It’s been another disappointing campaign for Sunderland, who sit rock-bottom of the Premier League with 12 games to go and face a real threat of being relegated to the Championship come May.
Things don’t get any easier for David Moyes’ Black Cats this weekend as they host Pep Guardiola’s top-four chasing Manchester City to the Stadium of Light, in a game where the visiting side will be expected to come away with all three points.
Amongst the people predicting more misery for Sunderland is former Arsenal defender Paul Merson, who told Sky Sports he can’t see anything other than a victory for the visitors.
“I’ve watched Man City a few times in recent weeks and they are playing exceptionally well. They are starting to play with style and swagger of a Pep Guardiola team. He’s finally got them playing exactly how he wants them to play and that’s ominous for Sunderland, and the rest of the Premier League.”
“They do take chances which will give Sunderland opportunities to score but David Moyes’s side will have to be on top form, with City having a dip, for them to have any chance of victory. I’m backing a comfortable City win but they do always give you a chance which will allow Jermain Defoe to grab a goal.”
Such a defeat could leave Sunderland in the daunting position of being six points away from safety in this late stage of the season, which could become the final nail in the coffin.