Tuesday 21 January 2020

SUNDERLAND

Manager: Gus Poyet

Position last season: 14th

Nickname: The Black Cats

Ground: Stadium of Light

Capacity: 49,000

Players in: Billy Jones (West Brom, free), Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City, free), Jordi Gomez (Wigan, free)

Players out: Phil Bardsley (Stoke, free), Craig Gardner (West Brom, free), Jack Colback (Newcastle, free), Carlos Cuellar (released)

Chances: Sunderland fans are probably still trying to work out just how Poyet managed to keep them up last season, but after having come good with such a late escape, no one at the Stadium of Light will want to go through such nerve-shredding drama again. Much will depend on how the players bond and whether Wickham can find his goal touch again, but Poyet will be determined to get more consistency and so start to look up the table.

Fixtures

August: 16 West Brom (a) 3.0; 24 Man Utd (h) 4.0, Sky Sports; 30 QPR (a), 3.0

September: 13 Tottenham (h) 3.0; 20 Burnley (a) 3.0; 27 Swansea (h) 3.0

October: 4 Stoke (h) 3.0; 18 Southampton (a) 3.0, Setanta Sports; 25 Arsenal (h) 3.0

November: 3 Crystal Palace (a) 8.0, Sky Sports; 9 Everton (h) 1.30; 22 Leicester (a) 3.0; 29 Chelsea (h) 5.30, Sky Sports

December: 3 Man City (h) 7.45; 6 Liverpool (a) 3.0; 13 West Ham (h) 3.0; 20 Newcastle (a) 3.0; 26 Hull (h) 3.0; 28 Aston Villa (a) 3.0

January: 1 Man City (h) 3.0; 10 Liverpool (a) 3.0; 17 Tottenham (h) 3.0; 31 Burnley (a) 3.0

February: 7 Swansea (h) 3.0; 10 QPR (a) 7.45; 21 West Brom (h) 3.0; 28 Man Utd (a) 3.0

March: 3 Hull (h) 7.45; 14 Aston Villa (a) 3.0; 21 West Ham (h) 3.0

April: 4 Newcastle (a) 3.0; 11 Crystal Palace (h) 3.0; 18 Arsenal (a) 3.0; 25 Stoke (a) 3.0

May: 2 Southampton (h) 3.0; 9 Everton (a) 3.0; 16 Leicester (h) 3.0; 24 Chelsea (a) 3.0

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