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'It's diabolical. We're flogging the lads' - Big Sam not happy with midweek Premier League schedule

Sunderland face a Premier League clash four days after this weekend’s FA Cup tie.

Sam Allardyce.....
Sam Allardyce.....
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SUNDERLAND BOSS SAM Allardyce has blasted the Premier League fixture makers for scheduling a midweek round of games after this weekend’s FA Cup third round action.

On Saturday, Sunderland travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Four days later they face a trip to the Liberty Stadium to meet Swansea in the Premier League.

Big Sam isn’t happy about the hectic schedule of games and indicated that he will field a weakened team for the FA Cup clash.

Struggling Sunderland are currently mired in the relegation battle as they lie 19th in the Premier League table and securing top-flight safety is their clear priority this season.

“It’s diabolical,” Allardyce told The Guardian.

“We’re flogging the lads. There are more and more injuries every year but it’s completely ignored by the Premier League.

Arsenal v Sunderland - Barclays Premier League - Emirates Stadium Aaron Ramsey bags Arsenal's third goal in December's Premier League clash with Sunderland. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

“It’s unbelievable. If you want us to respect the FA Cup, don’t put Premier League fixtures in the midweek just after new year.

“Don’t give me stick when I change the side at Arsenal. Give the Premier League stick, not the managers.”

Does Allardyce have a point? Is the FA Cup being devalued? Let us know in the comments section below.

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