SUNDERLAND face a crucial game in the Barclays U21 Premier League’s First Division tonight.
Robbie Stockdale’s side are third-bottom in the table, with two teams to go down.
West Ham (11 points) look doomed, with Fulham (16) also in the drop zone. Sunderland are level with tonight’s hosts, Leicester, and Norwich on 19 points, though the Foxes and Canaries both have a game in hand.
Despite fighting the drop, Sunderland are also only five points off top spot in a very tight division.