Sunderland will host Arsenal in an English Premier League game at the Stadium of Lights on Sunday. Arsenal will be eyeing the third spot yet again so they go two points clear ahead of Manchester City.
The Gunners are coming into this match on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in a midweek fixture. Having failed to secure a win against Crystal Palace and West Ham before that match, Arsene Wenger and his men saw the pressure decrease with the victory against West Brom.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, all three of them are looking to sneak into the third position so they can avoid the play-offs for the UEFA Champions League. With the season nearing its end, all three teams will look to end it on a high note.
"We are not guaranteed the top four and we have to fight for that. Manchester United are behind us and they will fight for it as well. We have difficult games, they have difficult games as well," Wenger was quoted as saying by the official website of Arsenal.
"What has changed over the years is that the impact of the finances in the Champions League is not as big anymore. It was vital for us for a period."
Meanwhile, Sunderland who are in the relagation zone will have a mountainous task ahead of them when they will take on the Gunners at the Stadium of Lights on Sunday.
The Black Cats are coming into this fixture on the back of a 3-0 victory over Norwich City, who are also not far away from that relegation zone. Before that match, Sunderland had managed to win just one out of their last 11 fixtures.
Sam Allardyce will want his men to go out their against Arsenal and play their best game. In that way they will not only make things difficult for the Gunners but also will help themselves by gaining three crucial points.
"In terms of points we have to try and get to 38 — I think that will be enough — and more if we possibly can but it's a big ask. Picking up more victories is our main aim now. It's going to be a very nervous affair for us and the supporters but hopefully we can hold our nerve," Allardyce was quoted as saying by the official website of the Black Cats.
"I would hope we can hold our nerve this weekend and hit the same form we did against Manchester City and Manchester United.
"The delight in beating Manchester United was fully deserved but the disappointment was we didn't even get a point off Manchester City, but again if the lads have that clean-sheet mentality again and stop Arsenal from scoring I'm convinced we will have the chances to try and win it."
Sunderland: Mannone; Jones, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt; Kirchhoff, M'Vila, Cattermole; Borini, Watmore; Defoe.
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny; Sanchez, Iwobi, Ozil; Giroud.
Where to watch live:
Sunderland vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. IST (2:05 p.m. BST, 9:05 p.m. ET) start.
In the UK and Ireland, viewers can catch Sunderland vs Arsenal EPL game on Sky Sports 1/HD and Now TV UK. Online streaming is available on Sky Go UK.
In the US, viewers can catch Sunderland vs Arsenal on the NBC Sports Network and Westwood One Sports. Online streaming will be available on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Australia viewers can watch Sunderland vs Arsenal live on Fox Sports 4, while the online live stream option is on Foxtel Play.
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