The Sunderland defence has not exactly been at the top of radar this season and of course that is for good reason given their performances during the middle part of the season but they have been quietly turning things around at the Stadium of Light and this weekend could be key.
Martin O’Niell’s side are have only managed to pick up one draw in their last four and with form like that it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence from a fantasy perspective but when you look at the results there is cause for hope.
The Black Cat’s defence has managed seven clean sheets this season which for a team in the position they are in is remarkable. When we drill down a little further we see that six of those seven clean sheets came at home, showing that they are far better defensively at the Stadium of Light.
In fact Sunderland have not conceded more than one goal in a game at the Stadium of light since Chelsea managed three back in round 16 and looking at some of their opponents that is rather impressive.
O’ Shea have been the best defender at the club over recent weeks and has even chipped in with an assit against Reading recently and with Fulham making the trip up north this weekend you can begin to see why O’ Shea and Sunderland are in our thoughts.
Fulham’s away form in recent years has been well documented and with Sunderland vying to stay out of the relegation battle we can expect all hands to the pump as they try and secure three points that would surely ease their relegation worries.