Sinking Sunderland 11-4 to be relegated

SUNDERLAND slipped into the drop zone following a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Stadium of Light and Martin O’Neill’s side are 11-4 with Blue Square Bet to be relegated.

A Fernando Torres double (including one penalty) and a Juan Mata strike put Chelsea three goals to the good before Adam Johnson’s consolation at least made the score respectable.

QPR remain bottom and winless 16 matches into the campaign following a 2-2 draw at Wigan, while Reading’s task was not helped by a 1-0 reverse at Southampton.

All four sides are in the bottom six with Reading seen as the most likely for the drop down to the Championship at 1-3, while Rangers can be backed at 8-11 and Southampton drifted out to 6-5.

Norwich won 4-3 at Swansea in a remarkable match between two of the success stories of the campaign, while two Mikel Arteta penalties saw Arsenal beat West Brom 2-0.

Stoke held Aston Villa to a drab 0-0 stalemate and Paul Lambert's outfit are 11-5 with bet365 to go down.

Match in Focus

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Rubin v Spartak Moscow

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Spartak Moscow finished 12 points ahead of Rubin Kazan last season
Expert verdict
Rubin Kazan are a solid unit but have been weakened by the recent departures of Jose Salomon Rondon and Yann M’Vila and may struggle to get their campaign off to a winning start. Spartak Moscow have plenty of goals in their side with Yura Movsisyan and Jurado and can force a draw at the Kazan Arena.
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