Sunderland have picked up momentum in recent games and if they continue their good form they will beat the drop.
After a terrible start to the season where Sunderland only managed to pick up four points in their opening nine Premier League fixtures, the Black Cats have found themselves back to winning ways.
Gus Poyet's team are 19th in the league but only six points off 10th place and in the form they are in it won't take them long to get there.
Sunderland have only lost one of the last five games in all competitions and that was to Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. Although the Black Cats will feel like they won the game as they beat the Champions on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw.
Manchester City will now face Sunderland in the final of the Capital One Cup at Wembley.
Sunderland have picked up more points than any team in the bottom half of the table over the last five games, with only the top seven teams collecting more.
The Premier League side have got eight points from their last five games.
Poyet's men have come into their own since the start of 2014 and many players have really stepped up their performances.
One of these players is Adam Johnson. The former Manchester City man has always had a lot of potential and now he seems to be fulfilling it. Johnson has scored four goals in his last two league games for Sunderland including a hat trick against Fulham.
Johnson's confidence is at a high and as long as he keeps up the good performances his team will find themselves moving out of the drop zone.
Vito Mannone has also been in inspired form since he joined from Arsenal. The keeper sent Sunderland through to the Captial One Cup final after saving two penalties in the shoot out.
Mannone is an excellent shot stopper and a very good purchase for struggling Sunderland who can now feel safe at the back with him between the posts.
Another outstanding player for Sunderland is Ki Sung-Yueng. The South Korean has made 17 appearances this campaign and is the unsung hero of the Sunderland team.
Ki is composed on the ball, always picks the right past and is a good play maker. He controls the midfield and without him Sunderland would have struggled to score half the goals that they have.
Predicted finish: 16th
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