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 By Chris Wright

'Jermainia' descends on Sunderland as Defoe puts on a show for supporters

Jermain Defoe has scored 14 goals for Sunderland this Premier League campaign.

With a tricky trip to Everton on the horizon, Sunderland limbered up by inviting a selection of young fans down to the Stadium of Light for an open training session.

Of course, the main attraction was top scorer Jermain Defoe, who emerged from the team bus to face his adoring public on the way into the ground.

�� Wow! It's deafening as @iamjermaindefoe mania has taken over the #StadiumOfLight

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Sunderland chase shadows in defeat to Southampton as N'Dong disappoints

The pressure continues to mount for bottom-of-the-table Sunderland after Southampton cruised to an easy win.

After last week's spectacular and welcome victory at Crystal Palace, which gave Sunderland hope in their efforts to avoid relegation, the team reverted to type and suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

Sunderland started well, but failed to open the scoring and the visitors gradually got into the game. By half-time, Claude Puel's team were two goals to the good through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini and in full control as Sunderland chased shadows for the best part of an hour.

The first...

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Leicester's relegation showdown at Swansea, Liverpool face Tottenham

Leicester City's next six games could be the beginning of the end to their season.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the rumours regarding dressing room drama at Leicester City.
Following a vote of confidence from Leicester's board, the FC crew discuss what's plaguing Claudio Ranieri and his players.
Shaka Hislop breaks down the odds of the leading candidates to get the sack as manager in the Premier League.

Liverpool still haven't won a league game in 2017. They host rivals Tottenham on Saturday evening with both sides still hoping for a slip-up from Chelsea in their pursuit of the title. 

Elsewhere, there's a monster of a game at the Liberty, with Leicester facing Swansea as their relegation battle takes another twist. The champions are in danger of going down, just one point off the bottom three ahead of the weekend, and could even start the game in the relegation zone if results go against...

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Jermain Defoe shares a touching moment with a young fan in hospital

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has struck up a close relationship to his favourite team.

Four Sunderland players visited young Bradley Lowery in his hospital room on Thursday, but the 5-year-old left no doubt who his favourite player is.

It was a touching moment when Bradley fell asleep while clutching striker Jermain Defoe, and the image quickly spread across the internet.

Defoe...

Sunderland teetering between hope and despair in Moyes' great escape bid

Sunderland manager David Moyes was beaming after his side's 4-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Sunderland go into the last third of yet another difficult season buoyed by that astonishing 4-0 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday and knowing that a win over Southampton and other helpful results would lift them out of the bottom three for the first time since August.

In the past, there has been a tendency for a significant victory to be followed by a disappointing and often dismal defeat. At this delicate stage of the season, a repeat of this unfortunate habit has to be avoided at all costs...

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Henry, Cantona and Bale tops but Gervinho, Diouf, Bebe and Rebrov flop

The ESPN FC crew look back at Chelsea legend Frank Lampard's career

Who is the best purchase in your club's history and who flopped the most?

ESPN FC asked our club bloggers for their all-time tops and flops in the transfer market. Whether goal scoring machines or cult heroes, big money flops or reviled characters, the good and bad of each Premier League side's business down the years is here. 

CHELSEA:

Top: Frank Lampard. Went on to become Chelsea's all time record goalscorer with 211 goals from 649 appearances in all competitions. In a glittering...