This is where Sunderland have been predicted to finish next season (Picture by FRANK REID)

National publication predicts shock Championship finishes for Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough and Burnley ahead of new season

Sunderland are back in league action in just six days time as pre-season preparations come to a close.

The Black Cats face Coventry City on Sunday in their first Championship game in over four years.

Alex Neil’s side will be hoping to get off to the best possible start in-front of their own fans and in-front of the TV cameras when they welcome Mark Robins’ side.

The hype surrounding the start of a new season is beginning to ramp up and of course with that, comes plenty of predictions about how the next 46 games will unfold for Sunderland and all of their new Championship rivals.

Here, we take a look at the Daily Mirror’s pre-season Championship predictions to see where they believe Sunderland will finish in the league.

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