Kevin Phillips has backed Sunderland to secure promotion via the play-offs.
The Black Cats enjoyed an excellent second half of the season on the whole which saw them propel themselves from a mid-table position into the role of promotion contenders.
While Lee Johnson’s side had looked like contenders to go up automatically, a run of just one win in their final eight matches saw the club drop down the table and into the play-off spots with the club finishing the regular season in fourth spot.
As a result they’ll have to pit their wits against Lincoln City over two legs in the semi-finals, before potentially facing Blackpool or Oxford United in the play-off final if they are successful against the Imps.
The play-offs are renowned for being a real lottery in terms of success, but according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, he’s backing his old club to come out on top as they target a spot in the Championship.
Making his prediction during an appearance on EFL On Quest, Phillips said: “I’ve got to back my old club Sunderland to go up.
They’ve got to do it at some point, so I’m going with Sunderland.”
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Sunderland certainly have their work cut out here.
Lincoln City are a good side and there’s no doubt that the Imps will cause plenty of problems for Lee Johnson’s side in the play-offs.
I’m sure that supporters of the Black Cats will fancy their chances but there’s no doubt that they’ll need to show real improvements if they’re going to be successful.