Sunderland vs. Chelsea

Sunderland-v-ChelseaSunderland face Chelsea with the relegation-threatened Black Cats needing to win

Sunderland enters this week a point behind Newcastle with a match with Chelsea for the last spot in the league. Norwich City is still in this fight as well, but Sunderland certainly has the look of the best of the three teams hoping to survive for one more season in the top flight. Chelsea is just stuck in the middle of the table however the Blues are slight favorites in this fixture. The duel between Sunderland and Chelsea is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Stadium of Light. The matchup will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

Chelsea wasn’t the better team on the pitch against Tottenham on Monday in the 2-2 draw. The Blues celebrated as if they won the Premier League when they knocked the Spurs out from contention and Leicester City was handed the title. Chelsea does have a 4-1 road win at Bournemouth to its credit, but aside from that, the results are pretty bad at the end of the campaign.

Sunderland has draws in six of its last nine matches. During that stretch the 3-0 win against Norwich City will probably end up being the difference separating these teams at the end of the campaign. The Black Cats have drawn two straight against Stoke City and Arsenal. The Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce knows that this is the game his team has to have to shake free of Norwich and Newcastle. The defense of the Black Cats has been in good form as of late. The defenders Patrick Van Aanholt, John O’Shea and the rest at the back have played fantastic.  Also, goalkeeper Vito Mannone is playing great at shutting the door in the box . Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Chelsea could be stymied from the defensive play of Sunderland and would give the edge to the Black Cats in this one.

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