Can Sunderland still survive relegation this season?

Although the Black Cats were largely expected to endure a difficult run among the English top-flight this season, Sam Allardyce’s current Sunderland outfit are seemingly edging ever closer to the drop with every passing week.

 

Ill-timed injury complaints and a general lack of good fortune out on the pitch has certainly affected the team’s chances of staying up in 2015/16 – but as the Stadium of Light faithful have indeed witnessed their side concede five consecutive league losses in recent weeks – the task currently residing in Big Sam’s hands looks as troublesome as it's ever been.

 

So then, as a large portion of the current campaign still nonetheless remains to be played at this particular stage in the proceedings – do the many fans of the Premier League really expect Sunderland to survive the lingering threat of relegation this term?

 

Well, although some supporters do in-fact seem to be maintaining a sense of muted hope down at the Stadium of Light this season…

 

 

…other followers of the English top-flight have ultimately been left less than convinced…

 

 

Big Sam was nonetheless considered an ideal candidate to keep Sunderland firmly rooted within the Premier League this season…

 

 

…but even he has been left to face the criticism after the Black Cats' last few domestic outings…

 

 

And whilst a surprise January transfer target may very well have cropped up for Big Sam this winter…

 

 

…some simply believe the writing is already on the wall for his undoubtedly struggling Sunderland unit…

 

 

So then, unless a dramatic turnaround in fortune happens to take place down at the Stadium of Light across the remainder of the season…

 

 

…most general football fans aren't expecting the Black Cats to be plying their trade among the English top-flight once again next term…

 

 

At least Big Sam has managed to maintain a sense of humour surrounding Sunderland's stark failure to do the business in the month of December…

 

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