Full name Sunderland Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Black Cats, The Lads
Ground Stadium of Light
League Premier League
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Paolo Di Canio’s appointment late last season raised more than a few eyebrows but the controversial Italian did manage to keep the Mackems in the top flight and will be hoping to have the club heading in the right direction this season.
There have certainly been plenty of comings and goings at the Stadium Of Light over the summer with Modibo Diakite, US striker Jozy Altidore and goalkeeper Vito Mannone among the more well-known names arriving. The latter will contest the number one shirt with Kieren Westwood now that Simon Mignolet has moved on to Liverpool but you get the feeling that the Black Cats are going to have to hit the ground running to keep the pressure off their manager, who may have done well as a player in the Premier League but still has scant experience on managing at an elevated level and will need more than raw emotion and the odd stunt to keep Wearsiders happy. Sunderland may have avoided the drop last term but another season of struggle could be on the cards and we’ve priced them to fall through the trap door this time as well as surprise everyone by finishing in the top 10.