NB Posting of Sixer’s Sevens and Martin’s Musings may be delayed this weekend … come here with reflections on the match
It is time for another test of your predictive powers.
Sunderland versus Liverpool is historically a tricky one to call. A Liverpool side on form will always be a handful for us and it is probably not much use relying on their rotten start to the season.
Indeed, it will make Brendan Rodgers and his team, which includes some formidable talent, as determined as us to record a first Premier win.
For the record, and I am indebted to the lfconline site for this, Sunderland have won 33 of the 79 SAFC-LFC fixtures, one more than Liverpool.
There have been 14 draws and the goals aggregate puts SAFC four ahead on 124.
Controversies? In relatively recent times, from Monsieur Salut’s memory rather than the Liverpool site, there was the beach ball game in 2010 (Darren Bent’s bizarrely deflected winning goal – cue for Paul Dobson to assert again that the deflection was off Glenn Johnson, not the beach ball – allowed to stand). And, of course, the spectacular Gary McAllister dive in 2001 that fooled Graham Barber into thinking he was fouled inside the box as opposed to the far side of the Wearmouth bridge; McAllister somehow kept a straight face as he scored the penalty to win Liverpool a point.
Back to this season. Most of you know the drill. Post a comment below giving the correct score. If you are the first to get it right, I will award one of our incomparable (“thanks heavens for that,” someone cried) Martin O’Neill mugs, suitably modified if a Liverpool fans is the winner. If your comment containing a prediction is held for moderation, the time you tried to post it will be respected.
You see the mug below. If you like it but always get score forecasts wrong, there is an alternative route to owning one …
Click here to read Colin Randall at ESPN Soccernet’s Sunderland pages
While on the subject of mugs, I have good news for two readers of Salut! Sunderland: after delays caused by pressure of other commitments, I have placed orders for mugs for Steve Tweddle, a recent winner, and Phil Johnson, to whom I long ago promised a second mug after the first was mistakenly sent with the sort of modification mentioned above (ie customised to suit a Bolton fan who’d won that week’s Guess the Score).
All that remains is to yell “Ha’way the Lads” for Saturday. M Salut is perfectly happy to see a recovery in Liverpool’s fortunes but prays that it starts some time after Saturday.
* See also: the Liverpool “Who are You?”: https://safc.blog/2012/09/safc-v-liverpool-who-are-you-on-suarez-and-kenny-jordan-and-adam/
** Jeremy Robson on the Hillsborough report: https://safc.blog/2012/09/the-robson-report-hillsborough-guilt-and-shame-a-glimmer-of-human-compassion/
*** Mick Goulding: the anger of a man who was there: https://safc.blog/2012/09/hillsborough-truths-that-were-always-known-a-victory-that-remains-bitter-sweet/