Sunderland Association Football Club, or simply Sunderland, play their home games at the Stadium of Light. Although Sunderland has won the top tier of English soccer on six occasions, they have not managed to do so since the 1935-36 season. Sunderland has won two FA Cups, the last of which coming in 1973 when they became the first Second Division team to lift the cup in 42 years when the defeated Leeds United at Wembley Stadium. In 2016-17, Sunderland finished dead last and were relegated from the Premier League.
The club spent the past nine seasons in the Premier League, but never finished above 10th place, that happening in the 2010-11 season. Sunderland seem to always have an annual battle against relegation, perpeturally, it seems, flirting with the drop. They couldn't make the great escape in 2016-17, though.
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The Black Cats, prior to the 2016-17 season, were +275 to be relegated, the sixth favorites at that time to make the drop. Congrats if you made that bet, as the returns were indeed tasty.
It's tough to find positives about Sunderland's relegation campaign. They were destitute in almost every facet of the game. Manager David Moyes had a negative outlook from the onset, saying at the start of the season that Sunderland fans should expect a relegation battle.
The sad thing is, they didn't even get a battle. Sunderland were down early, and in decisive fashion. Jermain Defoe was the sole bright spot for an otherwise abject Sunderland side, the elder statesman scoring 15 Premier League goals for his club.
Will they get promoted back into the Premier League straight away?
It's highly doubtful with the look of their squad. And if the 2016-17 season is anything to go by, there is no chance Moyes is going to get the best out of his players.
Sunderland had the worst home record and third worst away record in the league. They won six games all season, three both home and away.
Both sides of the ball were problematic as Sunderland had the second wors offense and third worst defense in the top flight. Those numbers just aren't good enough so you can see why Sunderland will be plying their trade in the Championship for what turn out to be an uncomfortably long time.