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Sunderland are enjoying their longest-ever spell in the Premier League, but many fans are now worried that run is about to end. Relegation is a distinct possibility this season after yet another horrendous run of form and disastrous injuries.
Sitting bottom of the form table, Martin O’Neill’s men face a huge task if they are to avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League, especially now they are without top scorer Steven Fletcher.
Add into that the loss of opinion-dividing captain Lee Cattermole and an incredibly daunting fixture list; many smart punters will be putting their money on Sunderland to join Reading and QPR in the Championship next season.
Sunderland will now face three of the top four teams in the league, along with Everton (who have not lost to Sunderland since David Moyes took over), and bitter rivals Newcastle. Whilst games against Aston Villa, Stoke and Southampton could provide some relief, a likely run of 11 games without a win will see confidence at rock bottom by the time these fixtures come around.
Something drastic needs to happen very quickly if Sunderland are to stay in the Premier League, and with the reluctance of Martin O’Neill to try anything new, that looks highly unlikely.
Sunderland will be relegated.