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West Ham United vs Advocaat’s Sunderland: Guess the Score rollover

A new era, even if turns out to be a mini-era, dawns. It is fitting that the first Guess the Score with Dick Advocaat in charge of the team should be a rollover, offering two mugs from which to drink your generous servings of what Wikipedia calls “Advocaat or Advocaatenborrel, a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage [...]

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Sunderland vs Aston Villa Guess the Score: the crunchiest of crunch matches

Stan Collymore, well-known Villa fan and – in Monsieur Salut’s humble opinion – not a bad radio pundit, had a golden opportunity to reach out to both sets of supporters ahead of this Saturday’s crucial relegation battle between Sunderland and Aston Villa. He didn’t reply to the invitation, though we must allow for the possibility, [...]

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Hull City vs Sunderland Guess the Score: Things Can Only Get Better

Well the headline gives you the hope. The reality comes at the KC when Gus Poyet once again tries to a) send out a team that can defend and score and b) avoids defeat against Hull City. It is difficult to be optimistic after recent gormless displays but we have to keep the faith. Hull [...]

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Manchester United vs Sunderland Guess the Score: theatre of dreams or nightmares?

This week’s Guess the Score is a rollover and Man Utd fans are welcome to join in. Curiously enough. given how often Sunderland games have ended 0-0 this season, no one opted for that as the outcome against WBA, though a few sensed the probability of defeat. Two mugs – design reflecting the winner’s allegiance [...]

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SAFC vs WBA Guess the Score: 50 Shades of unbearable hope

Decades of Sunderland support should bring an element of gallows humour to anyone’s personality. If our situation were not so dire, or so familiar, it would be wall-to-wall fun, which it isn’t. But I’ve still enjoyed the doom-laden banter here since Bradford (actually you could insert your own team name after “since” as there have [...]

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Bradford City vs Sunderland Guess the Score: cup glory or unwanted distraction?

The lamentable collapse against QPR puts an entirely different complexion on the 5th round FA Cup game at Valley Parade. I am of the school that wants Sunderland to win every game we compete in, even if it is a meaningless end-of-season match and even if victory for us might save Newcastle skins. I fret [...]

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Keir’s Player Ratings and QPR Guess the Score

Apologies to all for pulling these two items together, a necessity given constraints on time between the two games, at Swansea on Saturday and at home to QPR tomorrow. Agree or disagree with Keir Bradwell’s man-by-man ratings from the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium and then have a stab at the scoreline in tomorrow’s [...]

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Guess the Score – Swansea v Sunderland: three wins on the bounce?

Malcolm Dawson writes…….just what is going on! Only a week after I advise you all to start your prediction with Sunderland Nil we get five goals in two games and what’s more a home win! But just as we think we have almost a full squad available we find that Lee Cattermole is joined on [...]

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Fulham v Sunderland Guess the Score: positive approach or park the bus?

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 [...]

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SAFC v Burnley Guess the Score: be first with Sunderland nil

Malcolm Dawson writes….Dennis Walton became the proud owner of two Sunderland inspired designer mugs, courtesy of our sponsors Personalised Football Gifts with a banker 0-0 prediction for the game against Fulham. M Salut, currently sunning himself in uptown Havana, will no doubt be in touch on his return. Gus has suggested that he won’t be [...]

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Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been [...]

The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a [...]

Hutch’s Patch: One word player ratings from West Ham

We’ve just passed the equinox and Rob Hutchison sees signs of new life as spring officially arrives. We weren’t totally [...]