IF you had told me in October, when Gus Poyet was appointed manager, that following two wins over the Magpies and a major cup final, and going into the penultimate game of the season needing only a point to confirm our survival – I would have called you mad!, write Keith Appleton.
And yet, what looked like an unmitigated disaster following Di Canio’s reign, could turn out to be a season to remember, for all the right reasons.
I expect Sunderland to be unchanged for the fifth game in a row and, in front of a 42,000-plus crowd, looking to make it a quadruple of successive victories for the first time since early 2012.
WBA may be safe, but they won’t be accommodating and a certain Stephane Sessegnon will be looking to make his mark on his first return to the Stadium of Light.
The Baggies, like the Black Cats, are also looking to overhaul their squad this summer and a number of players will be looking to enhance their prospects.
With Wickham, Borini and Giaccherini all in fine form, another ‘special’ result awaits, with Poyet’s miracle becoming a reality.
Prediction: Sunderland 1 WBA 0