Five reasons Sunderland are destined for the drop this term

The race for Premier League survival is beginning to heat up as we cross over into the second stage of the season, with just five teams now involved.

For Sunderland, it’s been season after season of fighting to avoid the drop, continually managing to preserve their top flight status despite coming incredibly close to Championship football on an annual basis.

Currently occupying 19th place in the table, albeit still just one point away from safety, it is looking increasingly likely that the Black Cats will find it difficult to achieve the same feat this season.

As has been so often the case, David Moyes’ men tend to start their survival bid towards the end of the campaign. So far, they have only managed four wins from the 21 games they have played, losing 14.

But we reckon the Black Cats’ luck might just run out this season. Here are five reasons why…