Our match prediction:
The ultimate relegation six-pointer will see in-form Norwich City take on struggling Sunderland, where both sides will be under pressure to avoid a costly defeat. Having largely struggled in the new year, the Canaries showed a great deal of improvement to hold Manchester City to a goalless draw before recording back to back wins over West Bromwich and Newcastle United. Norwich also performed well in the weekend’s defeat to Crystal Palace and were denied a clear penalty in the process, meaning they head into the high-profile clash in good spirits. Sunderland, on the other hand, are in all sorts of problems after losing at home to Leicester City, as they are now four points behind their next opponents, albeit with a game in hand. The Black Cats, too, have performed well of late and they had some good chances to score against the Foxes, so they appear to be in a good moment in spite of the unenviable league position. Taking everything into account, we predict a low-scoring draw.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation. The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sudnerland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Prestson North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.