Indeed, the Black Cats may be in 18th place but they boast a game in hand over the Canaries and local rivals Newcastle United – who are currently one point and one position below them in the league table.
In truth, Sunderland have made phenomenal progress under Sam Allardyce; it’s been long forgotten that the Stadium of Light outfit picked up just three points from the eight games before he was appointed in October; but the fight to maintain their top flight status isn’t over just yet.
If Sunderland are to beat the drop this year, the firepower of Jermain Defoe will likely be the pivotal factor. The veteran striker is currently seventh in the Premier League’s scoring charts with 13 goals in 29 appearances this season – including three from his last five outings.
And if Defoe’s attacking prowess leads Sunderland to score twice against Arsenal this weekend, you could be eating half-price pizza for the rest of the season courtesy of our good friends at Papa John’s. All you have to do is sign up to Papa John’s special offer, free of charge, select Sunderland as your team and hope they hit the net twice in Sunday’s 14.05pm kick-off.
What are the chances of that, I hear you ask? Well, Sunderland have scored two goals or more on 14 occasions from 33 games this season – giving you a near one-in-two chance of winning half-price pizza. They’re also facing an apathetic Arsenal side who won’t be too interested in matching Lee Cattermole in the tackle department – let alone chasing down Defoe as he hones in on another league goal!