TELEVISION pundits Robbie Savage and Paul Merson have their say ahead of a big weekend of Premier League action.
Fifth-bottom Sunderland take on 15th-placed Leicester City at the Stadium of Light, with both sides in good form going into the match.
A win for Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland, coupled with a defeat for Hull City, would see them safe while Nigel Pearson’s Foxes side know the same applies for them.
A lot is riding on the match, with more than 45,000 fans expected.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes the game will end in a draw, which the former Arsenal, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough star doesn’t think will do much for either side.
Writing on skysports.com, Merson said: “Sunderland still need to get something from this game, but I think it will end in a draw.
“Leicester have done great of late, as have Sunderland in the last couple of games, and I am going to go 1-1 in this game.
“Will it help both teams? I am not sure,” added Merson, who predicted a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Savage has backed Sunderland’s relegation rivals Hull City to do down this season, they travel to Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow and finish the season at home to Manchester United.
The ex-Premier League midfielder-turned BBC and BT Sport pundit said: “Things look pretty grim for Hull City right now and one of the few positives for them is that they cannot go down this weekend.
“Even if they lose to Tottenham, the Tigers are safe for now because Sunderland and Leicester play each other on Saturday and at least one of those teams could also still be relegated regardless of that result.
“Probably the worst thing for Hull is that survival is no longer in their hands but I know manager Steve Bruce well from playing under him at Birmingham for three years and, despite the seriousness of their situation, he will be doing his best to keep the mood buoyant in training this week.
“I don’t think he will let the pressure get to him, and even if he does, he will not show it.
“His problem is that the same cannot be said for his players,” added Savage, who was writing on the BBC Sport website.