Five stats you need to know ahead of Sunderland vs. Southampton
Sunderland welcome Southampton to the Stadium of Light this weekend as David Moyes’ side continue their fight against relegation.
The Black Cats put in a mightily impressive performance last weekend to thrash relegation rivals Crystal Palace 4-0. An early goal from the returning Lamine Kone had put Sunderland ahead, before Didier Ndong’s strike made it two just before half-time. Main man Jermain Defoe then netted two in two minutes straight after half-time to complete the rout.
Moyes and his men remain bottom of the table, though, but with improved performances such as that, another great escape could just be on the cards.
Their next opponents, Southampton, have had a strange old season thus far. An EFL Cup final awaits, as does the potential for a first major trophy since 1976, but the Saints’ league form has left much to be desired, with the Hampshire outfit having won only once since the turn of the year. Claude Puel’s side currently sit dangerously close to the relegation zone, hovering only seven points above the bottom three.
So who will come out on top on the weekend: Sunderland or Southampton? The Black Cats or the Saints? The north or the south? Here are FIVE statistics you need to know ahead of the upcoming clash…