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.
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...
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...
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.
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...