Cape Town - Sitting three points above third bottom Hull, Sunderland need one
more point to be certain of staying up, but a defeat on Wednesday against Arsenal would leave
them still in danger of the drop given their inferior goal difference to the
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has collected 11 points from his
seven games since replacing sacked predecessor Gus Poyet on a short-term
contract in March.
And although a goalless draw against Leicester on Saturday
revealed a few signs of nerves in Advocaat's squad as the denouement to the
relegation battle approaches, the Dutchman is convinced they will survive.
"We will stay in (the Premier League), I have no doubt about that,"
Black Cats striker Connor Wickham is determined not to prolong the
agony until the weekend and has set his sights on taking the decisive step to
safety against Arsenal.
"They are two tough games away from homes, but they are
opportunities for us. We need one point, we all know that," he said.
"We know what we have got to do now and it's something we are
capable of. There are two opportunities to clinch it and hopefully we can do
that on Wednesday."