Sunderland face Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, Feb. 11. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
Teams trending in opposite directions clash in Sunderland this weekend, as the Black Cats look to extend their unbeaten streak to three games for the first time all season. Sunderland, with a win against Southampton, could dig themselves out of the bottom three.
Sunderland, on the back of a 4-0 demolishing of Crystal Palace, will be brimming with confidence, which is something rarely, if ever, occurs for David Moyes’ men.
Salvation is always possible when you have someone like Jermain Defoe in your team. Like a fine wine, Defoe gets better with age and continues to score at a remarkable rate. The 34-year-old Englishman has scored 14 Premier League goals this campaign, or 58 percent of his team’s goals.
Defoe is only two behind Romelu Lukaku for the league lead. Where would the Black Cats be without their tireless, ageless talisman? Sunderland supporters dread to contemplate that answer.
The Black Cats’ meeting with Southampton couldn’t come at a better time. The Saints are spiraling in a downward trajectory. They’ve lost six of seven and could find themselves in a perilous position with a few more negative results.
The Saints last won on their travels in mid-December and haven’t coped well since losing former club captain Jose Fonte to West Ham during January’s transfer window. To make matters worse, Charlie Austin, the team’s leading goal scorer, and Virgin van Dijk, their leader at the back, are both missing through injury.
The Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton will be broadcast online only. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the NBC Sports app.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 11
Start Time: 10 a.m. ET
Location: Sunderland, England
Stadium: Stadium of Light
TV Info: Online only
Live Stream: NBCSports
Southampton, along with Bournemouth and Burnley, are the only teams not to have gained at least one point on their travels since the dawn of the new year. Look for that trend to continue, as Sunderland won’t have a better chance to pick up all three points.