Sunderland travel to the south coast to face Southampton this weekend with the Black Cats searching for a vital three points. Sam Allardyce’s side are currently one place out of the relegation zone with the Wearsiders having a superior goal difference to Norwich and Newcastle.

Southampton are pushing for a European spot under Ronald Koeman with the Dutchman’s side hoping to put a 2-0 midweek defeat behind them. The Saints will have fond memories of this fixture having battered the Black Cats 8-0 last season in what was Sunderland heaviest defeat in modern history.

Kickoff – Saturday 5th March @ 1500

Venue – St Marys Stadium

Last SeasonSouthampton 8-0 Sunderland

Referee – Kevin Friend

Potential Sunderland SquadPickford, Mannone, Jones, Matthews, Jones, Brown, O’Shea, Yedlin, Kone, Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Rodwell, Larsson Kirchhoff, Toivonen, M’Vila, Borini, Khazri, Defoe

Injuries: Watmore (Ankle), Lens (Doubt), Cattermole (Head), O’Shea (Doubt).

Potential Southampton Squad: Forster, Van Dijk, Fonte, Yoshida, Soares, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Clasie, Mane, Stekelenburg, Targett, Martina, Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Austin, Pellé, Reed, Juanmi.

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Injuries: Rodriguez (Ankle), Gardos (Knee), Austin (Hamstring), Long (Leg), Wanyama (Suspended).

Read Sunderland’s Prediction:

This has been a tough place to come for Sunderland over the years and I expect Saturday to be no different.

Southampton 1-0 Sunderland

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