The Black Cats are currently fifth in League One ahead of a busy Christmas season following a draw with Oxford United at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Sunderland are two points away from the promotion spots, with Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic currently occupying the top two spots.
But what should tier three look like at the end of the season based on the results so far?
Here, we take a look at how data experts say the board will look like at the end of the season:
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