Sunderland v Southampton – Match preview and team news

Sunderland host Southampton at the Stadium of Light with everything on the line for both teams, with Premier League survival the goal for both clubs.

After an encouraging start for Paolo di Canio, the Black Cats have picked up only one point from their last six. A win today could push them six clear of FA Cup winners Wigan, though the Latics’ game in hand ensures mathematically certain survival will go down to the wire.

A win for Southampton, meanwhile, will absolutely ensure that they have survived their first season back in the top tier of English football after a seven year absence. Saints are on a two game losing streak at the moment, but must surely see a clash with another struggling team as a chance to turn fortunes round.

The hosts’ survival bid has been dealt a blow with Craig Gardner suspended until the end of the season, while Stephane Sessegnon will also be missing due to suspension. Danny Rose will play his final game at the Stadium of Light before returning to Tottenham.

Southampton striker Gaston Ramirez completes the trio of players serving suspension, while striker Richard Chaplow is remains absent owing to a back injury. Danny Fox should return to the fold, having completed a suspension of his own.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Sunderland v Southampton

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