Relegation battle focus: Sunderland

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Sunderland fans could not have dreamt for the results that they enjoyed last week with stellar performances away at Manchester City and Chelsea. 

These performances seem to have been lacking over recent weeks and months though, and it remains to be seen that if they can do it away against the big teams, why can't they do it at home against West Ham and Crystal Palace?

Those sides took away as many points from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland earned at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge. Their results, although impressive, seem to be counter productive.

Many players are coming to the end of their contract at the Stadium of Light and questions have been asked as to whether motivation is a factor as players are unsure where they will be come the end of the season.

The same issue has been raised due to the key players at Sunderland who are on loan or have deals agreed to leave in the summer. Striker Fabio Borini who sunk Chelsea last weekend is set to return to parent club Liverpool.

Sunderland have some very eye catching fixtures before the year is out though, at home to Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea.

Although, given their home form against the lower teams in the league, Gus Poyet's men may have their eye on the trip to Old Trafford.

Either way, they have some fixtures that could give them some real confidence, starting with this Sunday against Cardiff.

It is most definitely not out of the question for Sunderland after the confidence they have gained, and although they will be more weighted to go down, I think Poyet's men will spring a surprise before the season ends.

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