Many associate the Black Cats with relegation scraps, changes of manager and hating Newcastle. Despite hiring David Moyes to build the club from the ground up they have returned just two points from their first ten games and Saturday's defeat means they have the worst return from the first 10 games in Premier League history. Sunderland have collected five points or less at this stage in the season twice since 2000, 2005 and surviving in 2013. Black Cat fans should also take heart from Crystal Palace, who that same year, managed to survive despite having just three points on the board.
Of the 16 teams to have collected five or less points from their first 10 games since the Premier League dropped to 20 teams, nine have gone on to be relegated, of which Sunderland (2005), Portsmouth (2009), QPR (2012) and Aston Villa (2015) all finished rock bottom. Currently 4/9 to go down and 2/1 favourites to finish bottom, many would forgive David Moyes and the Sunderland faithful for not holding out too much hope for the rest of the season.