• Sunderland v Stoke preview: Relegation remains a threat for both sides
    00:42 | 07/05/2013

    Relegation remains an imminent threat for both Sunderland and Stoke when they face each other at the Stadium of Light.


    Weekend wins for Aston Villa and Wigan mean there is added pressure on the Black Cats and the Potters in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday evening.

    The home team are at greater risk as they sit just one place and two points above the 18th-placed Latics and confidence is likely to have been shaken following last week’s 6-1 defeat to Villa.

    It was a shocking result at a time when Paolo Di Canio appeared to have turned things around for the Wearsiders with back-to-back wins and suggests that the underlying problems remain.

    Tony Pulis is another manager who surely felt the prospect of dropping out of the Premier League had vanished after winning consecutive matches against QPR and Norwich.

    The Welshman even seemed quite emotional upon reaching the 40-point mark, having faced serious questions for the first time in many years at the Britannia Stadium.

    But with Tottenham up next for the Staffordshire club and a final day trip to Southampton, fears of relegation have not been extinguished just yet.

    If that spurs Stoke on to a third straight victory then it could make for a dark day at the Stadium of Light as Wigan would then be in a position to leave the Black Cats in the drop zone with victory over Swansea on Tuesday.

    According to Goal

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