The Premier League trend which suggests Sunderland will struggle

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On an afternoon where Gus Poyet admitted to feeling “the most embarrassed I’ve ever been on a pitch” and Ronald Koeman expressed his shock at the end result, Sunderland became the laughing stock of the Premier League.

The Dutchman’s flying Southampton squad made the most of a Black Cats capitulation to turn a 3-0 half-time lead into a thumping 8-0 victory.

By the time the last drop of blood had been eked out of the Sunderland carcass, the Saints had inflicted the sixth worst defeat of the Premier League era on the Uruguayan’s side.

The loss leaves Poyet’s men one place above the relegation zone and if history of the five other heavy drubbings to enter the record books are anything to go by, it’s around that area that the Mackems will stay.

Wigan have the unwanted honour of owning two of the five heaviest defeats in the Premier League, both “achieved” during the 2009/10 season when losing 9-1 to Spurs (the second worst loss in history) and 8-0 to Chelsea on the final day.

Their eventual 16th place finish is a testament to the Latics’ relegation invisibility that year; although they spent much of the term languish around the dreaded dotted line.

The famous 9-0 execution Ipswich received at the hands of Manchester United in 1995 remains the heaviest defeat in the books and helped consign the Tractor Boys to relegation with a rock-bottom finish.

Four years later, Sheffield Wednesday suffered the drop after losing 8-0 to Newcastle and, most recently, Aston Villa suffered an eight-goal humiliation by the Blues in a season where they escaped the relegation places with just four games to go.

Sunderland are currently a tantalising 3/1 for the drop this year.

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