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Ups and downs with Hull, QPR & Villa (and Leicester and Burnley instead of Saints and WBA)

You might remember the theme of this series of posts was to track the progress of selected teams towards  38 points, which  required them to average 1 point per game throughout the season. The teams I chose as relegation candidates at the start of the season, on the basis of some history and rather flimsy [...]

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Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty as a citizen of the European Capital of Culture (2008) to bring enlightenment to the denizens of the runners up, Newcastle-Gateshead. You’re one of them, by the way. The Angel of the North is part [...]

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Leicester, Burnley, QPR, Villa, Hull, WBA, Palace and SAFC: all flatlining

John McCormick:

At 24 games in it was time for my review of the relegation prospects I set out at the beginning of the season but with game 25 only two days later  it made sense to wait. You’ll remember my chosen three were QPR – chosen because a promoted team is almost certain to go down [...]

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Wembley beckons distantly; will anyone bother to go?

As the new year got under way I began speculatively looking at ticket prices. I didn’t get as far as train timetables before a virus crept up on me and knocked me sideways. Today, I went out for the first time in over a week. I’m back now, obviously, and feeling the better for it, [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next [...]

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Dodgy numbers signify relegation scrap for Hull, QPR, Burnley, Leicester (and us?)

This is my third post in this series, which began in August when I used some dodgy stats and history to identify this season’s relegation candidates, plus a couple of wildcards for good measure (the list in the headline is not exhaustive – Ed). You might remember (or you can revisit http://salutsunderland.com/2014/08/good-news-for-burnley-and-leicester-our-stats-man-has-qpr-hull-city-and-aston-villa/) I predicted, from [...]

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Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Everton: European Big Business or local small fry?

I suppose the referendum on Scottish independence was the starting point for this post, that and my trip up for the Arsenal game. The referendum was followed by calls for more independence for the north. Fundamental to this is improvement to the transport infrastructure so as to enable the emergence of a “super-city” comprising Manchester [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids who become misfit adults. With an Everyman play like that I didn’t know what to expect. Whatever I thought, it wasn’t what I got …

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The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics he considers relevant factors in determining who goes down, who stays up. Ominously, in this update, the 8-0 defeat is seen as not only wrecking our goal difference but pushing us more obviously into the [...]

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Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this season’s relegated candidates, including a couple of wildcards. From 20th place upwards they were: QPR – Purely because a promoted team is almost certain to go down and most often it has been the playoff winner. I had to go with [...]

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The Chelsea ‘Who are You?’: what Mourinho could do for a Sunderland

The pulsating sounds of Caribbean steel band music, childhood memories from south London, a decades-long affection for Chelsea… where else [...]

Chelsea Guess the Score: Terry shaking in his boots after Arsenal heroics?

The bullish tone of the headline should offend no one. Monsieur Salut is notoriously unyielding on final games of the [...]

Another Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: ‘by golly it was effective’

The surname has a familiar ring. he signs himself: ‘Sixsmith Minimus. Emirates Stadium. Entirely happy.’ Minimus equals Michael, a worthy [...]

Hutch’s Patch: post-Arsenal joy in The Land of the Rising Sunderland

Monsieur Salut writes: is there anything wrong with milking this for all it;s worth? There is not. Even Hull, Mag, [...]

After 2,000 Mackems silence Arsenal, Salut! is en fête. What now, Newcastle?

There’s a spring in our collective step after a stirring, gutsy display won us the point we needed and deserved. [...]

Arsenal Advochaat: we got what we deserved

Malcolm Dawson writes….I was OK for the first 60 minutes. Despite all the pressure from the home side I felt [...]