It may be a little negative to discuss the relegation zone before the season has even started, but with all the talk about which sides will be challenging for the title next season, it only seems fair to have a look at the other end of the potential table.
Although both clubs have gone through a change in management personnel, it is Sunderland, however, who enter this Easter Sunday game wilting under the immense pressure of a relegation battle.
Gus Poyet managed to guide Sunderland to safety with relative ease last term, playing a pretty brand of football along the way. As a result, the Uruguayan has earned himself a special place in many Wearsider's hearts.
Let's face it. It was no surprise to see Paolo Di Canio given his marching orders on Sunday. In just six short months, he had managed to upset and alienate everyone at Sunderland from the fans to the board, and probably even the tea lady.
David and Ed Miliband's family lost over 40 family members to the Holocaust, the supreme expression of fascism and anti-Semitism. Their late father and their mother barely escaped extermination themselves. What the hell did anyone expect this man to do but resign from a football club whose manager has made the 'Roman salute' and who has reportedly stated, according to the BBC, that Mussolini "was deeply misunderstood".
Sunderland's new manager Paolo Di Canio has apologised to anyone who has been offended by his comments after David Miliband
David Miliband has announced he has quit his role with Sunderland football club following the appointment of controversial
Tiote reacts to his red card Sunderland failed to fully make the most of their advantage and struggled to make opportunities
Former chairman Niall Quinn is to leave Sunderland with immediate effect.
Two Premier League footballers have been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to cars, it has been reported. According