Peter Lynn: on keeping the faith and keeping smiling ...

Peter Lynn: too optimistic or spot-on? …

Read Peter Lynn‘s assessment of the relegation run-in and why he believes it favours Sunderland. Check the remaining fixtures – see footnote – for yourselves and vote. Since Monsieur Salut and his Norwich and Newcastle bloggers at ESPN FC all put their teams to finish 17th, we can hardly be surprised if the poll results reflect similar partisan hopes. But have a go all the same – some people may even be objective …

As we drove back to the Midlands after the brilliant win against Norwich, we were listening to the radio commentary of the Newcastle v Swansea game.

We cursed the Newcastle goals, cursed the Swansea misses, cursed the Mags luck for playing a team with “nothing to play for” and finally the result, which meant of course that the points gap that might have developed between us and them up the road, hadn’t. As others have reported elsewhere, it took the gloss off our win.

Subsequently, I have been wondering if it was all bad news. Depending on their result on Tuesday against Man City, their “waiter-inspired” win against Swansea may actually be helpful to us.

If they had lost, there might have been a temptation for us to start to think that getting out of the mess that we have got ourselves into was going to be relatively straightforward. As it is, those thoughts never even got a chance to get going.

As I see it, and especially following the point that Crystal Palace gained yesterday, the battle between Norwich, the Mags and us for the two remaining relegation places could well last until the final games on May 15.

If we try to guess the results in the remaining fixtures – always dangerous but a bit of fun (?) – as I just have, we could be safe after our “game in hand” against Everton on May 11.

To arrive at this conclusion, I have credited us with draws against Arsenal and Stoke and wins against Chelsea and Everton. Then I have credited Newcastle with wins against Crystal Palace and Villa and a draw against Spurs. Finally, I have credited Norwich with wins against Watford and Everton.

This gives a final total of points of 38 for us, 37 for Norwich and 35 for Newcastle. We also (presently) have the benefit of a considerably better goal difference than the other two battling clubs which gives us some leeway in the event of us losing one of our two forecasted draws.

In my scenario, I have tried to make some allowances for external factors such as FA cup final involvement and the so called “nothing to play for” attitude of some opponents.

Have a go yourself – it’s free!

The relegation run-in

Sunderland:
April 24 Arsenal (h)
April 30 Stoke City (a)
May 7 Chelsea (h)
May 11 Everton (h)
May 15 Watford (a)

Newcastle United:
April 19 Man City (h)
April 23 Liverpool (a)
April 30 Crystal Palace (h)
May 7 Aston Villa (a)
May 15 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

Norwich City:
April 30 Arsenal (a)
May 7 Manchester United (h)
May 11 Watford (h)
May 15 Everton (a)

Tags: , , , ,

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

One Response to “Wrinkly Pete’s points projection sends Newcastle and Norwich down. Now you vote” Subscribe

  1. Drummer April 19, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    I completed one of those results forecasters yesterday and surprisingly had us to stop up . It’s was a good one ,as you forecast every result for the three teams , W, L or D without seeing the league table untill the end . Even making allowances for unconscious bias I was pleasantly suprised . First one tonight , the mags v City , no suprises how I picked that one to go .

Leave a Reply

Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It […]

Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below […]

The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. […]

Our poll hammers Short and Bain. But there is another Sunderland viewpoint

Salut Banner2(featured image)

Salut! Sunderland is always anxious to present the other side of a contentious story. We cannot pretend to know much […]