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Liverpool boss Klopp eyes to leapfrog Chelsea and move to Premier League summit

Jurgen Klopp will bid to guide Liverpool to the top of the Premier League once more when the Reds host Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday. But it is tight at the summit and any one of four teams could arguably be sitting looking down on their title rivals come the conclusion of weekend games. For […]

Man City Hot Favourites to Dispatch Sunderland in League Cup Final but Black Cats Will Be Hoping to Emulate Last Season’s FA Upset

The first trophy of the football season will be decided at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Man City play Sunderland in the League Cup Final. It’s always a memorable occasion as the two sets of fans descend on Wembley for the big match and although Man City will start the game as overwhelming favourites, […]

STATS: Ward’s tackles for Crystal Palace vs Johnson’s crosses for Sunderland

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland, 17:30 – It may be only the second weekend in the Premier League, but this clash at Selhurst Park could already be billed as a six-pointer with neither side able to muster a win as of yet. and with both teams only scoring one goal apiece in the league thus far, […]

STATS: Fonte’s clearances for Southampton vs Johnson’s crossing for Sunderland

Southampton vs Sunderland, 15:00 Southampton have started the new Premier League season on a high, with Rickie Lambert scoring the winner for both club and country in the last week. Lambert’s late penalty was just his second attempt at goal in the game, and his first on target. Lambert contributed to 24 goals last season […]

STATS: Bale’s attacking contribution for Tottenham Hotspur vs O’Shea’s defensive contribution for Sunderland

Tottenham v Sunderland 16:00   – Spurs came from a goal behind to win 2-1 against Stoke in their penultimate Premier League outing thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey and Emmanuel Adebayor. They come into this final game one point behind North London neighbours Arsenal in the race for fourth place.   – Despite his […]

Sunderland fans ahead of Tottenham Hotspur: In Arsene we trust

The cruel truth is that our season seems over. Sunderland inspire so little confidence that many, maybe most supporters feel at least they’ll know the worst by tomorrow night. In other words, Wigan fail to win and we survive, they win and we go down, since few consider Sunderland up to doing the job for […]

STATS: Johnson’s crosses for Sunderland vs Clyne’s tackles for Southampton

Sunderland v Southampton 15:00      – A John O’Shea goal saw Sunderland fight back to earn a point at home to Stoke in their last outing.   – Adam Johnson remains the main creative driving force behind the Black Cats and manager Paulo Di Canio will be expecting to see him to continue to develop […]

STATS: Mignolet’s saves for Sunderland vs Adam’s goal contribution Stoke

Sunderland v Stoke 20:00    – After back to back wins against Newcastle and Everton Paolo di Canio’s reign as Sunderland manager was brought back down to earth after a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Villa.    – Danny Rose had equalized for Sunderland before Villa ran riot in the second half. That was […]

STATS: Benteke’s shots on goal for Aston Villa vs Rose’s defensive contributions for Sunderland

Aston Villa v Sunderland   – Despite a much improved second-half performance, Aston Villa were powerless to stop Manchester United in their pursuit of the title as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford.   – Aston Villa are fighting for their Premier League survival and, as have been the story of their […]

Everton and Di Canio give Sunderland fans a reason to cheer again

We’ve all seen false dawns but no one can seriously doubt the impact Paolo Di Canio has had or where we would be, for all his feelings of being hard done by, had Martin O’Neill stayed. Pete Sixsmith wonders whether the same commitment from players and fans seen on Saturday can propel SAFC to safety […]

STATS: O’Shea’s clearances for Sunderland vs Mirallas’ shooting for Everton

Sunderland v Everton, 15:00   – Sunderland host Everton on a high after new manager Paolo di Canio masterminded a famous 3-0 win over Newcastle in their last league game, the first victory for the Black Cats at St James’ Park in 13 years.   – Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan were all […]

STATS: Santon’s shooting for Newcastle vs O’Shea’s interceptions for Sunderland

Newcastle v Sunderland, 12:00   – A dramatic stoppage-time strike from Papiss Cisse clinch an important 1-0 win for Newcastle at home to Fulham last weekend and ease the relegation fears previously surrounding the club.   – Jonas Gutierrez has established himself as a cult hero amongst the Toon Army thanks to his lung-busting efforts […]

STATS: Cuellar’s tackles for Sunderland vs Ferdinand’s defensive contributions for Manchester United

Sunderland v Manchester Utd 12:45   – Craig Gardner’s penalty earned a 1-1 draw for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last time out, leaving them just above the relegation fight.   – Sunderland have just been dealt an unfortunate blow after they found out that star striker Steven Fletcher will now not be fit […]

San Marino or Sunderland? Edging closer to the drop

Seven full internationals started for Sunderland against Norwich City. Pete Sixsmithcould be forgiven for wondering whether it was San Marino they had all played for until the manager decided they weren’t quite up to it. This is not the place to come on if your spirits need lifting. It is, however, as incisive an analysis […]

STATS: Cuellars’ defensive work for Sunderland vs Holt’s on target shots for Norwich

Sunderland v Norwich, 13:30   – Sunderland fell to 3-1 defeat away to a rejuvenated QPR last time out, another Steven Fletcher goal proving not enough to knock the will from their opponents who battled back after falling behind. It was a result that put pressure on Sunderland to avoid being drawn into a relegation […]

How much football did a Sunderland fan get to see at QPR?

Bob Chapman once again fills Pete Sixsmith’s outsized shoes to  report on a game the master chose to miss. It started as a day when Bob  and a friend would impress two young Aussie women with a scintillating  show by Sunderland preceded by the delights of a west London gastro-pub. Something went wrong; they endured […]

In-depth player stats: Sunderland vs Fulham

Sunderland v Fulham 15:00   – Sunderland are five points clear of the relegation zone, despite losing 2-1 to West Brom in their last Barclays Premier League outing. Stephane Sessegnon hit the target in that game.   – Sessegnon also completed 6 dribbles in the game. Only two players have completed more than six dribbles […]

More disappointment for Sunderland fans at West Brom

Pete Sixsmith reports on another awayday disappointment,  in fact not one but – for him – two in one weekend. Can’t speak for fans of the Leeds Rhinos but it is familiar reading for Sunderland supporters … I should have known that it wasn’t going to be my weekend when a huge Melbourne Storm forward […]

TOP PLAYER STATS: West Brom vs Sunderland

– West Brom rocked Liverpool last Monday as two late goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku gave the Baggies a famous win at Anfield.   – Few defenders can claim to have surpassed Gareth McAuley this season, the Northern Irishman repeatedly coming to rescue for Steve Clarkes’ side.  He’s amassed a mammoth 138 interceptions […]

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