Jake's new Guess the Score image, with the usual insolent caption

Jake’s new Guess the Score image, with the usual insolent caption

Malcolm Dawson writes……a return to a flat back four, a midfield three and two forwards in support of our new striker was an encouraging early sign on Saturday. That the boys looked to go forward more so. The formation actually gave the fullbacks space and for the first time in ages we looked to take the game to the opposition. Mind you Burnley are not Man City or Chelsea, even their own supporters will tell you that, but then neither are Fulham, Hull and Leeds. If we can believe the press talk Defoe might be rested for this game so it may well be that Gus starts with Fletcher and Graham. It may well be that he starts with Manonne, Jones, Giaccherini, Rodwell and Coates as well. FULHAMvSAFC
He may stick with the 4-3-3, revert to 3-5-1 or go back to the 4-1-4-1 shape that he employed before JD arrived. All that assuming there is no movement in or out of the club in the frantic dealings of the transfer window’s last day – Mavrias and Cabral excepted. The negative from Saturday was that as the game wore on we began to sit deeper and more passes went sideways and backwards than earlier in the day. That Burnley didn’t have the quality to break us down meant we still looked comfortable but I would think that even as a devotee of tika taka or tippy tappy, call it what you will, Gus and his staff must have seen we have more chance of winning by taking the game to the opposition rather than sitting back and waiting for the inevitable mistake.
You could be the next No 12

You could be the next No 12


What I’m trying to say is that anticipating what Senor Poyet will do may not be straightforward, but guessing the score is. With many of the Premier League’s front runners out of the competition and with what should be a winnable game at Bradford to come (although they can’t be taken lightly) the incentive to go out and win the game is there. So if you are optimistic go for a Sunderland victory but if you have been following the team for a long time you may wish to go for a draw or even worse. Fulham fans are welcome to enter and the design will be modified into one showing their team’s kit, courtesy of our sponsors Personalised Football Gifts.

If I understand M Salut’s precedent, should there be extra time it will be the score after 120 minutes that counts but if you feel it may go the full two hours, stick in your prediction for what you think it will be after 90 as well and he can sort it out! What I am sure of though is that penalties, should they be needed, will not be included.

Usual rules apply – the first and only the first person to come up with correct scoreline will be deemed the winner. Any first time posters whose comment is held for moderation will not be disadvantaged as the system logs their time of entry. M Salut’s decision is final of course.

No new WAY this time but in case you missed Russ Goldman’s contribution before the first game you can read it here.

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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

21 Responses to “Fulham v Sunderland Guess the Score: positive approach or park the bus?” Subscribe

  1. Malcolm Ray February 2, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    I’m going to stick with a 2-0 to Sunderland prediction, (another clean sheet and at least one from Connor)

  2. david miller February 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    3-1 to the Lads, wish I could be there.

    • Jake February 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Get in Mr Miller!

      • malcolm February 3, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

        The prizes are stacking up. With a bit of luck M Salut will deal with them when he gets back from his jollies.

        • Malcolm Ray February 4, 2015 at 10:21 am #

          Leave him there 🙂 – we seem to have got the winning habit with him not here

      • Phil D February 4, 2015 at 12:37 am #

        I had 2-1 to us. All looking good until about the 94th minute.
        First time I have wanted Sunderland to miss a penalty….

      • salutsunderland February 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

        Get the coffees in Mr Miller. Use the mug. I’ll be in touch

  3. ifos February 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    1-1 after 90. Extra-time win, 1-2, to the Lads.

  4. Paul February 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Fulham to win 2 – 1. Swansea game will be the priority and this game is dispensible.

  5. Peter Lynn February 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    4-1 to The Lads, I don’t care if it’s after 90 or 120 mins or what time I get home to bed!

  6. Eric012 February 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    3 nowt after 90. Tucked up in bed by 11 hopefully.

  7. ianoklahoma February 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    3-1 to the lads…..easy peesy!!!!!!!!! I hope!

    • malcolm February 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

      Bad luck Ian – pipped at the post by David Miller. Mind you you need someone with a UK address to get a mug as M Salut doesn’t ship them overseas.

  8. Phil D February 3, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    Depends what team Gus puts out.
    2-1 to Sunderland, hoping for another cup run and a mid table finish this season, ideally above Newcastle too.

    • malcolm February 3, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Looks like Alvarez might start. In the few glimpses I’ve had of him he’s either been brilliant or anonymous. Let’s hope for the former tonight.

  9. CSB February 3, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Not any sensible score lines left, so it the spirit of true optimism

    SAFC 4 – 1 Fulham

  10. Peter M February 3, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    As a Fulham supporter gonna have to go 2-0 to the whites. Only thing guaranteed tonight – its going to be bloody cold down by the river.

    • malcolm February 3, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      We’re used to that up here! As long as it isn’t snowed off after half an hour!

  11. Jeremy February 3, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    CSB has beaten me to the least ridiculous of what would be clearly ridiculous score lines. So denied that opportunity I will go for Fulham 2 SAFC 4.

  12. Joan February 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    I think 2-1 to SAFC in normal time. As that’s already gone, I’ll go for 0-0 (statistically likely this season) and Sunderland to win on penalties – 5-4 or whatever the closest winning result would be (forgot the rules)

  13. Dennis February 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Being a Southern softy I don’t fancy the extra time, so 2-3 in the 90 mins.

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