May 11, 2016

    Allardyce steels Sunderland for another great escape act


    SUNDERLAND manager Sam Allardyce has warned his side that they are not yet safe as they close in on a fourth consecutive late-season escape from Premier League relegation.

    The north-east club will secure a 10th successive season of top-flight football with victory at home to Roberto Martinez's drifting Everton tonight.

    Fourth-bottom Sunderland have pulled off similar last-gasp escapes in the past three seasons and set up a chance to do it again with a stirring 3-2 comeback victory over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

    Their 48,000-capacity home will again post the "Sold out" signs as they look to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since November, which would see them safe and condemn neighbours Newcastle United and Norwich City to the Championship alongside bottom club Aston Villa.

    Everton humiliated Sunderland 6-2 earlier in the season and have lost only once in 11 visits to Wearside.

    They arrive at the Stadium of Light desperate to end a season that has gone from bad to worse, ramping up speculation about the future of embattled manager Martinez.

    The Spaniard, who has been in charge since 2013, has overseen a run of just one win in nine Premier League games, which is likely to condemn his side to a bottom-half finish.

    He admitted that Saturday's abject 3-1 defeat at champions Leicester City was not good enough and that it will take a major change in attitude and application to prevent Sunderland from securing victory.




    Norwich v Watford

    Sunderland v Everton

    Liverpool v Chelsea