Sunderland are currently in real danger of getting relegated from the Premier League, sitting 18th in the table, but are about to enter a period of the season they traditionally flourish in.
The Mackems have six games left to play and are four points off Norwich City, who they face next, and if the last three campaign’s are anything to go by, they will close the gap.
Last term, the Black Cats were also 18th after playing 32 games, but a draw away at Stoke City sparked a run of form that saw them win their next two and only lose on the final day of the season to league-winners Chelsea.
That was enough to guarantee survival, finishing 16th, and in the campaign before that they had an even better run.
After a sequence of five straight defeats, fans of the Wearsiders could be forgiven for feeling pessimistic when their side made the trip to Manchester City.
However, Gus Poyet’s men were able to pick up a 2-2 draw against the eventual champions, before going on to win their next four, beating Chelsea and Manchester United along the way and only conceding once as they ended up 14th.
The final of their trio of strong endings to a season started in monumental fashion, with Sunderland beating Newcastle 3-0 in the Tyne-Wear derby in 2013.
A win against Everton followed along with draws against Southampton and Stoke sandwiched between losses to Aston Villa and Tottenham, with Paolo Di Canio’s men ending up three points clear of the bottom three.
Clearly, Sunderland relish their final outings and a triumph against fellow relegation-candidates Norwich would be the perfect way to start their push for survival.
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