The task is oh so simple for Sunderland. Win, and you will be playing Premier League football next season. Draw or lose and it sets up final day drama. Only one defeat since the 27th of February for Big Sam’s side means that they have the opportunity to secure safety on Wednesday night. Coming up against an Everton side in what is likely to be Roberto Martinez’ penultimate game.
Sunderland have taken points off of Liverpool, Man United, West Ham, Arsenal and Chelsea this season. It’s been the results against the lower sides that has let them down. From 13 games against teams in the bottom third, Sunderland have just four wins. 15 goals from Jermaine Defoe is the main reason the Black Cats have had this stroke of luck. His winner against Chelsea in a 3-2 thriller at the weekend was an epitomize of Sunderland’s season. Luck. And shit defending.
Speaking of shit defending, Everton have written the manual on it. The second worst home record in the league, third bottom of the form table and a manager with better dance moves than tactics. The Toffees have got stuck on numerous occasions, failing to put back to back wins together all year.
Fight was shown in the FA Cup semi final loss to United but it only served to remind fans of what could’ve been. Romelu Lukaku has stated that he wants to play European football next season and it’s hard to imagine Kevin Mirallas settling for bottom half either. Because of those bloody Foxes, managers will no longer have an excuse to not be successful either. Curse you Jamie Vardy and your gallivanting!
You’ve two annoying work colleagues, one of whom you absolutely despise. You’ve the opportunity to get him suspended for at least 12 months. All you have to do is punch the harmless intern in the face.
That’s what faces Sunderland. A win relegates Newcastle and Norwich and lets them relax ahead of the final game of the season. To quote Eminem, they’ve only got one shot. They won’t miss their chance to blow. See? The PP Blog team are hip with the kids!
Everton have been better away from home, but their defence was torn apart by Leicester last Saturday. A Sunderland 2-0 victory is and they’re .You have to look to Defoe to drag them over the line again. The ex-England international to score two or more is