Sunderland got a surprise 0-0 draw at the Emirates tonight as they frustrated Arsenal and their defense played very well indeed to get a clean sheet and a draw, and they are now on 38 points from 37 games and they are 4 points above Hull and 2 points above Newcastle – so even if Hull win their home game against Manchester United on Sunday they cannot catch Sunderland.
Dick Advocaat at the Emirates tonight – excellent draw
And that means 8 points for Dick Advocaat’s side with two wins and two draws in the last four games and the experienced Dick Advocaat has got the job done for the Black Cats.
In these games the results are all that matters, and now it will be either Hull City or Newcastle United who will be relegated on Sunday.
If Hull City win and Newcastle don’t – Hull will survive.
If Newcastle win the Magpies will survive.
Dick Advocaat has now managed Sunderland for 8 games and he has 3 wins and 3 draws for 12 points, and so Sunderland have survived for the third season running while being in deep relegation trouble.
In the same eight games Newcastle have picked up just one point – so Sunderland have gained 11 points on Newcastle since Dick Advocaat came in as manager of Sunderland – and that was an excellent move by owner Ellis Short.
So those clubs in relegation danger who brought in an experienced manager, West Brom (Tony Pulis), Crystal Palace (Alan Pardew), Aston Villa (Tim Sherwood) and now Sunderland (Dick Advocaat) are all safe.
If Newcastle win on Sunday – as unlikely as that may seem right now – we could finish as high as in 14th place – but are more likely to finish in 17th place – 4th bottom – if we survive.