ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: SUNDERLAND’S THREE BIGGEST GAMES



There are ten games left to play in our push towards the Championship, here we highlight the three most important games that could make, or break, our season…


PETERBOROUGH UNITED (AWAY)

Next Monday’s away game at Peterborough is the first of three tough tests where a win would feel a whole lot bigger than usual. Having beaten Peterborough 1-0 at home all the way back in September, taking all three points next week against The Posh could prove pivotal in our promotion push. The lads have been on top of their game since February and are going into the match as the team with the better form and considering we’re currently level on goal difference we should be looking to put away all the chances we get to remove any doubt of dropping back to third in the following games.

HULL CITY (AWAY)

The trip down to Hull on April 20 will be the biggest match of our season. Hull are currently sat top of the league by a point but have also played one game more than Peterborough and two more than us. The previous meeting at the Stadium of Light ended in a draw something that must be avoided if the boys have any dreams of being League One Champions. Should we win, Hull will then have to travel to fourth placed Lincoln three days after and face the playoff hopefuls who could take advantage of the Tigers’ recent despair. By the time we face Hull we’ll only have one game in hand left, a real incentive to go disrupt any title plans Hull may have by taking the three points.


BLACKPOOL (HOME)

Assuming we continue our good form and win the two previously mentioned games, our final game in hand against Blackpool could be the decider when it comes to lifting that League One Trophy. The game, which takes place on Wearside would see our lads go up against what is currently an inform Blackpool, a team which we play twice in the last 10 games of the season. This game could help in many ways. A win here after beating Hull and Peterborough could see us sat in first going into the final two games of the season, but failing to beat Hull, a win here and Peterborough losing their game in hand against Doncaster, could solidify that second-place finish. As long as the form continues, we are in with a shout of winning the league but Lee Johnson’s main focus for the next few games should be moving up into second.