Sunderland are in the Premier League this season solely because, in 2015/16, they survived a bitter relegation battle against their neighbors, Newcastle United. The Toon fell down the trap door to the Championship, while the Mackems survived. But after the party atmosphere has died down, what is the future for this northeast club, that for decades has looked like a sleeping giant who might never wake up? Sunderland’s last few seasons in the Premier League must have been some of the hardest for their fans to endure.
The team has consistently started the season so poorly that survival looked like a pipe-dream, before miraculously turning around their form to somehow escape the drop. It was Paolo Di Canio in recent seasons, winning at Newcastle, leaping around on the touchline, before being replaced in the next season with the team struggling.
Dick Advocaat inspired another survival year, but in 2015/16, his side got off to another woeful start. Again, the manager was relieved of his duties. In came a big man with a big plan. Sam Allardyce – a bona fide premiership manager with ample experience – will survive any blast from a chairman or blow-back from a defeat. His team even survived a scandal when forward Adam Johnson was jailed halfway through the season.
Allardyce’s men kicked into form in the second half of the season after singing Khafri and Kone in January, who in addition to Jermain Defoe’s goals, helped keep Sunderland up.
Does Alladyce’s Sunderland side now have what it takes to grow as a club and build a brighter future? If ‘Big Sam’ can get his dealings in the transfer market right, then just maybe The Mackems won’t be biting their nails from August to May once again.
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Who do Sunderland play next? Whoever they take on will be in for a real game, with the Mackems a force to be reckoned with at The Stadium of Light.
Sunderland Season Schedule
Sunderland were one of the most inconsistent teams in the Premier League in 2015/16, but hope to improve at home and away as Sam Allardyce leads a possible Sunderland resurgence.
Sunderland League Standings
With fellow northeast team Middlesbrough back in the Premier League, Sunderland will be desperate to maintain local superiority. Check the full standings below.
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Sunderland did not have the greatest season in 2015/16, but ther’e a lot to be said for the way the club survives year on year.
With former England striker Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini, Sunderland still had plenty of moments to savor in 2015/16:
We like the look of backing Sunderland to win at home this year, and especially the ‘Wincast’ market, choosing Defoe to net and Sunderland to win, especially against teams vulnerable to the counter attack. Go with this method and the returns are there for the taking.
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