Sunderland AFC news: Home advantage key for M'Vila, Cats tipped to stay up, Pardew hits out at Allardyce

Sam Allardyce pictured at Stoke City
Sam Allardyce pictured at Stoke City
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Former Arsenal and England international Martin Keown has backed Sunderland to stay up this season - but believes they will need two wins to achieve it.

Sunderland dropped into the bottom three after the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium ahead of a tension-filled final week of the Premier League campaign.

They have three games left to play, Chelsea and Everton at home and Watford away on the final day of the season a week on Sunday.

The pundit told BBC Sport: "Still I think Sunderland look favourite to get out of trouble.

"They’ve got that extra game.

"If we’re saying that Tottenham will get beat by Chelsea then that’s a Chelsea team that will arrive there with plenty of confidence.

"And then there’s Everton and Watford to follow.

"They need six points."

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Meanwhile, Yann M’Vila says Sunderland have to make home advantage count against Chelsea and Everton in what promises to be a nerve-shredding final week of the season.

M’Vila said: "We can’t be worrying about Newcastle winning.

"We’ve got three games left against Chelsea, Everton and Watford. Two of those are at home, where our supporters will be as good as they have been all season.

"We need to see if we can get six points against Chelsea and Everton and that will put us into a great position."

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And finally, Alan Pardew has hit out at Allardyce for claiming his Crystal Palace side would be "on the pop" before their visit to Tyneside.

Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at St James's Park to climb out of the Premier League's relegation zone, with Sunderland dropping into the bottom three after drawing 1-1 with Stoke City.

Allardyce had questioned the motivation of Pardew's players on Thursday in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final win over Watford last weekend.

"Palace are in the FA Cup final and they would all have been celebrating," he said. "They would all have been on the pop.

"They won’t be mentally ready for it, and neither will Alan, because he’ll be thinking about the final now, not thinking about Newcastle away."

But former United manager Pardew hit back post-match.

Pardew said: "He hasn't got a case. Just send him the video.

"They're pre-historic comments. I don't know what era he's in.

"Three or four of my players don't drink. Perhaps he meant Coca-Cola. It's nonsense."

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