Nothing but a win against Preston will lift Sunderland off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship when the pair face off this weekend.

Sunderland sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship with just 28 points from 37 games. It might be fair to suggest that the Black Cats have had a torrid time this season following their relegation from the Premier League.

Opponents Preston North End are directly involved in the chasing pack. Sitting in 9th place just four points from the top six, an end of season run could see Preston gate crash the play-offs.

Sunderland have been on a baron run with Chris Coleman’s side not tasting victory nearly two months ago. A 1-0 win over Hull with Joel Asoro scoring the only goal.

No wins in nine will be worrying for the Sunderland faithful as the business end of the season approaches, with the Black Cats running out of time to escape the drop.

Preston have been climbing the table in recent weeks but that was put to an immediate halt by Fulham on Saturday. An Alexsander Mitrovic brace including a 91st minute winner saw the side from Lancashire lose ground on the top six.

The reverse fixture at Deepdale was an entertaining clash. A 2-2 draw with three goals in the space of four second half minutes changed the complexity of the game.

Sunderland had gone in front with George Honeyman slotting past Chris Maxwell in the home goal.

It wasn’t until just after the interval that the game would spring into life with Josh Harropl starting the scoring spree. Jordan Hugill put the hosts in front just two minutes later before former Preston wide midfielder Aiden McGeady saved a point for his side.

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