IT goes almost without saying that in the middle of a hugely daunting set of fixtures, Sunderland will have targeted this Saturday’s game at Southampton as a match they must look to pick up points.
But here’s the rub – Southampton will be thinking exactly the same!
Both teams will go in to the game feeling it’s winnable.
And to develop the point further, Southampton will have the added incentive of knowing that if they win at St Mary’s this weekend they will go above us in the table.
I’ve had a look at Southampton’s home form and there’s a bit of symmetry to it – they’ve won three, drawn three and lost three.
They’ve had a bit of everything at St Mary’s and there are goals in them, but they do concede.
We know that Steven Fletcher is struggling a bit with his back, but you do wonder whether Martin O’Neill is tempted, if Fletcher is fit, to pair him up top with Connor Wickham?
The last few games have been either Fletcher or Wickham, but Wickham has played well and maybe this could be the game for them because Southampton do give you chances.
Having said that, O’Neill has to juggle that with the fact that Sessegnon has probably been Sunderland’s most in form player. Can all three play?
Those are all decisions for the manager, but the key to this game probably lies in Sunderland making and taking their chances.