Birmingham famously won the League Cup in 2011 only to be relegated the very same season. Are Sunderland heading for a similar fate?
Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table, four points clear of Chelsea heading into the festive period.
South American midfielder locked in dispute over wages
Venezuelan international who could be on the way to the Premier League shows how to defend against Barcelona's finest in a World Cup qualifier.
Sunderland's Italian midfield general has been linked with a January move to Serie A side Inter Milan.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce admits his time at Sunderland was a mistake in hindsight.
Sunderland had a bid rejected for Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany in the summer transfer window and now the Frenchman is going from strength to strength.
Fulham, Manchester City, Everton, Southampton and Stoke City feature
Managers are often linked with their former players, and that's certainly the case with new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and his former Brighton stars
Sunderland finally ended the Paolo Di Canio experiment, but is replacing him with Gus Poyet going to change the Black Cats' fortunes?