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SAFC vs Crystal Palace Guess the Score: a tougher test than Newcastle

So we have the regional bragging rights again and, more important to me, three precious points. But beating an abysmal Newcastle United team is no more than a confidence-boosting warm-up for the potentially far greater task of grabbing another vital win, this time at home to Crystal Palace.

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Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 0. Two unsung winners: Billy Jones, Bill Cowell

Yes, everyone will remember Jermain Defoe’s goal-of-the-season contender. Tim Krul will especially remember it, having been rubbished by an infantile lynch mob led by Jamie Carragher for his sportsmanlike gesture of congratulation in the tunnel at half time. But spare some thoughts, too, for Billy Jones and William Cowell.

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Roll up Mackems and Mags for the Sunderland-Newcastle Guess the Score

Well we all know Fletch won’t score three unless the Mags put out Gibraltar’s un-Rocklike defence. But could he or Jermain Defoe or Connor Wickham or, indeed, Danny Graham or Duncan Watmore get the goal that wins the latest edition of the Wear-Tyne derby? No Sunderland supporter truly cares where a winner might come from. [...]

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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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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 [...]

As Advocaat ponders his great escape, Sixer’s thoughts turn to title hopes

Pete Sixmsith‘s love of football goes beyond the unrequited loyalty he bestows upon Sunderland AFC. He holds a wide-ranging view [...]

View from Down Under: how Sunderland dun ‘ed in for Dunedin fan

As yet another Sunderland season crumbles, leaving us our now-customary last few games for a desperate attempt to pull back [...]

How Long Has This Been Going On? Long before John O’Shea’s howlers

Tons of words have been and written and spoken about the wretched Sunderland collapse, the latest in a season littered [...]

Sixer’s Soapbox: a devastating assessment of Sunderland vs Crystal Palace

Some of you will have seen the various options Pete Sixsmith, having endured Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, offered for his [...]