Merson tips Sunderland to secure a vital victory v Southampton

Phil Jones

Merson tips Sunderland to secure a vital victory v Southampton

David Moyes hopes a mid-season trip to NY will provide his Sunderland players with the boost they need to secure Premier League survival and has invited president Donald Trump to join the jaunt. Sunderland's home loss to Stoke recently marked the end of a run of just one defeat in their last 11 home games against bottom-half sides, and they'll feel confident of getting something out of this clash with an out-of-form Southampton outfit.

"We've been in this position before and we've not done it, so we need to do it this time". I think for Jack the biggest thing is he's been playing well, he's showing that the is a good player.

Another boost for the Black Cats is that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has returned to training following his injury lay-off, although Moyes said that he won't be risked in the first-team for the time being.

"We had a great result last week", he says.

'Sometimes they need a bit of a break.

"Sofiane is not available for this game and we will see for the final, for his recovery and his work".

"For the moment it is hard for me to comment on this because he has not signed for Southampton", he told a press conference. "The best way to prepare for the EFL Cup final is with a good result this weekend against Sunderland". But against Sunderland he is not available.

Puel was also asked about the club's reported interest in Uruguay defender Martin Caceres, a free agent, and said: "For the moment it is hard for me to comment on this because he has not signed for Southampton. We are lacking Sofiane Boufal, who is an important player for us, and that is it".

"In the next few days, we'll see if he can bring something for the squad and if he signs", the Coach said at a Press conference.

"We're going to watch basketball and ice hockey and all go to Ground Zero so, culturally, I hope to educate the boys as well".

"He is an worldwide player and his quality and his spirit can be interesting".

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