Five Key Matches
v Manchester City (A) on August 14
All eyes will be on Pep Guardiola’s first outing in the Premier League and Moyes will be relishing the chance to give one of the new boys a torrid introduction.
v Crystal Palace (H) on September 25
Traditionally a tough period for the Black Cats, this might be a chance to win their first game in September since 2012.
v Manchester United (A) on December 27
Moyes would delight in getting one over his former club at Old Trafford where he endured the torments of hell from players and fans.
v Everton (A) on February 26
Back to Goodison Park where he spent 11 years. In 2013/14 the Toffees enjoyed their first league double over a Moyes-led Manchester United in 44 years. Time to atone?
v Swansea City (H) on May 14
Their only home game of the month and the second last match of the campaign – precisely when they pulled it out of bag last season.
SBS Host Lucy Zelic's Prediction: 17th
Since 2007 Sunderland have avoided the drop – just. They may have lost Big Sam but they retained veteran goalscorer Jermaine Defoe and Dutch international Patrick van Aanholt. New boss David Moyes will still need to bolster the playing stocks if the Black Cats want to avoid another relegation battle though.