The Black Cats may still be in a state of limbo, but the bookmakers’ odds make for positive reading.
Football League sponsors, Sky Bet, have released their odds ahead of the 2018/19 League One season, which will see Sunderland playing in the third tier for the first time since 1987/88.
And the Wearsiders have been installed as strong favourites for the title, with Sky Bet offering odds of 9/2 on a Black Cats championship.
Despite being favourites to win the league, Sunderland are second favourites behind Barnsley to win promotion at odds of 7/4.
Meanwhile you can also get odds of 16/1 for Sunderland to be relegated for a third successive season.
Click through our gallery above to see which other teams could be in contention for the title come May 2019. Do you think they stand a chance?