They face Everton this Saturday who will be full of confidence, as their 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal has given them a real shot of taking the fourth spot - and the place in the Champions League that comes with it.
The Black Cats took the lead at Tottenham, but were hit with five goals in response, leaving them sitting at the bottom of the league with 25 points, seven points behind Norwich in 17th, albeit with two games in hand.
Winless in their last eight outings - seven of which ended in defeat - means they are struggling dismally to claw back points with only seven games left of the season. Paddy Power price them at 7/2 (4.50) to win this match.
Everton, in contrast to Sunderland, can't stop winning. Roberto Martinez has done a superb job on Merseyside, with his side triumphing in their last six league games.
The Toffee's currently sit in fifth position, one point behind Arsenal but with a game in hand. Their home form has played a huge part in their high league position, losing only once at Goodison Park, with their opposition this weekend beating them 1-0 back in December. Paddy Power price them at 4/5 (1.80) to take all three points, with the same firm pricing the draw at 5/2 (3.50).
After starting 2014 in poor form away from home - winless in their first five matches including three defeats - the Toffees have picked up over the last couple of weeks, winning their last two, beating Newcastle 3-0 and Fulham 3-1.
With Sunderland's confidence shattered due to recent results and a poor season in the league, you can expect Everton to have the class to see them off. Whereas the 4/5 (1.80) outright price seems like a solid bet, Martinez's side to score three of more at 13/5 (3.60) is hugely tempting with Paddy Power.
This would have landed in Everton's last four matches, and with Sunderland's defence looking extremely weak in recent weeks, the visitors should have enough strength to take them apart.
|Everton to score over 2.5 goals at 13/5 (3.60) 2pt stake with Paddy Power|
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