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Guess the Score: late Chelsea & SAFC winners, Steve Bruce midwifery issue

Just to tidy things a little, let Salut! Sunderland record the last pair of Guess the Score winners of the season, with thanks as ever to our Weardale-based, Mackem-owned sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts. Mike Thomas, a Chelsea supporter, correctly predicted the Blues would exploit tired legs, burst our survival bubble and win 3-1. “I wish [...]

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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 season where nothing is any longer at stake. They are, simply, more important than any England game, even ones that dictate qualification or otherwise for the Euros or World Cup. That goes for our reserves, [...]

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Arsenal vs Sunderland Guess the Score: clean sheets and clean sweeps

A word about the poll: now that we have had to lose Villa and Leicester, it’s down to three so we have to start all over again. In the last version, Hull were way ahead on 66 per cent favouring them to go down, Newcastle were next bet on 18 per cent and Sunderland were [...]

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Sunderland vs Leicester ‘Guess the Score’: when Claudio eased jingle-jangling nerves

Who is going down with QPR and Burnley Not for the first time, but we hope for the last this season, we approach a game of momentous importance. As every schoolboy ought to know, a win on Saturday for Sunderland and a defeat or draw for Hull City would ensure our survival. After a season [...]

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Everton vs Sunderland Guess the Score, with a Toffee lady’s (post-Saturday) encouragement

Our Everton “Who are You?” candidate, Hannah Myers (interview coming tomorrow), does not want Sunderland to get that vital win at Goodison. As an Evertonian, she’d be disloyal to her own club in thinking otherwise. But she does believe our victory over Southampton may set us on course to get the points needed and says [...]

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The Sunderland vs Southampton Guess the Score after Hull pile on pressure

Who approached Tuesday night thinking “we can rely on old Brucie to mess it up and do us a favour?”,Elmo will have the sort of stinker he played for us and Jordan Henderson will lead Liverpool to victory for our sake as well as theirs? I thought my phone screen was frozen when it kept [...]

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Stoke City vs Sunderland Guess the Score and our mini-Guess the Star

Despite the air of resignation that has drifted into the tone of comments posted by Salut! Sunderland perceptive band of readers, the overwhelming majority of us fervently want one outcome to the season, safety for SAFC. Actually, quite a few would quite like another outcome, too, the relegation of Newcastle United, but the 35 points [...]

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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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Dick’s post Hannover Advochaat: better but not brilliant

Malcolm Dawson writes….this was Dick’s last chance pre-season to give what will probably be his first choice eleven a run [...]

Bournemouth and Watford; Norwich and Leicester. What about Aston Villa? And what about us?

There’s a week to go, more or less, to the big kick-off so it’s time to revisit our dodgy numbers [...]

Hutch’s one word ratings: new boys only bright spots at Doncaster

Malcolm Dawson writes…he’s back. Our man of few words with his summation of last night’s players’ performances. Rob Hutchison was [...]

Sixer’s Soapbox: gloomy outlook after Doncaster display

Malcolm Dawson writes…I was tied up until 5.00pm but considered making the trip to South Yorkshire until first hand reports [...]

Dick’s Doncaster Advochaat: every silver lining has a cloud!

Malcolm Dawson writes…what do we want from pre-season friendlies? Well I would like to see some indication that the team [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: done over by Doncaster!

Pete Sixsmith had already seen the first team pre-season when they came from behind to beat Evostik Premier League side [...]