Pundits Predict: A tight affair for Stoke City vs Sunderland, More Nerves To Come

Sunderland really need to match Newcastle's result in the 3pm kick offs on Saturday. Points for both or either will ramp up the pressure on Norwich who take on Arsenal in the tea-time game. For those who like a flutter, you'll find Stoke and Sunderland about level on 13/8 to win or 23/10 for the draw, with a few bookies making Stoke slight favourites. [More]
In a frank and wide ranging press conference ahead of this weekend's massive fixtures, Sam Allardyce has created a few headlines in talking about the run-in, his hopes to avoid last day desperation and the atmosphere at the club since the turn of the year. [More]

Allardyce Targets Massive Boost, Wary of Reaction from Stoke City Who Are Either Coasting, Crocked or Copped Out

With Sunderland now only needing to match or better the results of Newcastle and Norwich until the rest of the season to stay up, it all seems so simple right? The efforts of the last two games have taken their toll on the nerves of all of us but so far our players somehow seem to be thriving on the pressure. Saturday against Stoke is another huge game and a result would deliver a colossal blow to our rivals. [More]

Can Defoe be Saved? The Curious & Cruel Curse of Sunderland’s Player of the Season award

No surprises at last night’s bash at the Stadium of Light, with Jermain Defoe picking up the Supporters Association Player of the Season and Duncan Watmore the Young Player award. There are no arguments here - quite correct and well deserved for both. But, there’s a dark side to the honour. An unspoken curse that has struck repeatedly over the years to those who have picked up the award. [More]

Advocaat Poised to take Full Control at Feyenoord with Sunderland's Damning Words Ringing in his Ears.

Whilst it's not quite the time to carry out a post mortem into this season just yet, there have been some telling noises from Sunderland's top scorer and manager about the state of the playing squad that Dick Advocaat walked out on. In other news Newcastle's mini revival is no surprise to Big Sam with all eyes on Anfield on Saturday. [More]