Everton v Sunderland Guess the Score: some sunshine to end bleak midwinter?

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Is it possible?

Can we for once go to Everton and do what has not been done there since 1996 in the league, 1998 in the league cup?

The odds are stacked against Sunderland, not just because of that grim record of defeats punctuated by the occasional draw but because a look at the two teams tells its own story. Everton are enjoying a good season, SAFC are, well, not.

Jake: 'should we just email the points down to Goodison and save ourselves for Cardiff?'
Jake: ‘should we just email the points down to Goodison and save ourselves for Cardiff?’

Week after week, Sunderland supporters loyally roll up here and predict a win, voting with their hearts but also knowing what is a more likely outcome.

Yet we have to keep believing escape is possible, at least until this becomes mathematically impossible. That point will not be reached for a long time – March according to the gloomy Pete Sixsmith – and would not be reached at all if only Gus Poyet could turn the sort of passion and commitment shown against Chelsea into stonking performances in the Premier.

In the spirit of Christmas, the just-for-fun basis of Guess the Score is changed for this match only. The life-enhancing prize of a Salut! Sunderland mug will go to the reader who is first to predict the correct scoreline before kickoff on Thursday. An Everton winner would receive a mug with a suitably modified design.

Here's one we made earlier
Here’s one we made earlier

The editor’s decision is, as usual, final.

Ha’way the Lads.

Oh, and come back tomorrow – Christmas Eve – for another edition of our “Who are You?” series.


Salut! Sunderland: You must have come to expect a routine three points, or cup progress, whenever you play Sunderland. We finally beat you again at home last season; is it our turn to match you at Goodison or are you already licking your lips at the prospect of a Boxing Day goals fest?

Paul Dargan, author and Evertonian:

Sunderland’s travelling support always give as good as they get, regardless of the fact that we always seem to give you a pasting at Goodison so huge respect for that, in the least patronising or condescending way at all. It has been interesting to see the Paolo Di Canio debacle, coupled with the arrival of Gus Poyet and how Sunderland have dealt with it. It seems that Di Canio did try to get the squad fit in the summer and it certainly helped during the extra-time period against Chelsea, which now sees you in the semi-final and having a chance of really transforming your fortunes.

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7 thoughts on “Everton v Sunderland Guess the Score: some sunshine to end bleak midwinter?”

  1. As it is Christmas cracker time, I will answer in fashion:
    The score on Thursday before kick-off will, of course, be ..
    0-0. Would take that at full time too!

  2. I can’t predict a win, sorry so I’ll go for 2-0 Everton. Mind you last time I did that I got the bloody thing right.

  3. A draw would be the best we could expect, unfortunately that is not enough for us. A win, out of the question. We are staring into the abyss and its not looking too good.

    Still the Christmas sherry is out so i’ll go for Toffees 1 – 2 SAFC. My suspicion is that I will be taking in even larger amounts of Alcohol after the 90 minutes up.

  4. Eventually at some point the ball may end up in the net courtesy of a deflection off the not inconsiderable back side of Jozy Altidore. The fact that it has failed to happen yet is defying the odds even further. Even Danny Graham has scored his second goal of the calendar year (not for us of course), which is proof that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    are complete dog pump, let’s face it. When we play against the poorer teams we get worse. Conversely when we play against the better teams we can masquerade temporarily as respectable PL opposition.

    I think I’d rather cut my own throat than arrive at these venerable pages predicting anything other than a win for us. Common sense tells me that we will win 2-1, simply because it’s the most ridiculous of all possible outcomes. Everton are a good team in form, and we quite frankly

  5. I find it increasingly difficult to come on here and predict a draw for Sunderland, never mind a win. If you want to win a mug (and who doesn’t)?, then the smart move is to go Sunderland 0, and then think of a number for the opposition. I currently have 3 mugs, 2 won and 1 bought. I don’t hold out any hope of adding to that collection because I’m going for EVERTON ZERO THE MIGHTY SAFC ONE. Now then, how do I loosen the ties on this straitjacket those nice men in the white coats have fitted?

    • It looks like my crystal ball is in full working order. However, as I am already the proud (?) owner of 3 mugs, would it be possible to put this one up for auction with the winner donating an amount to a charity of his/her choice (although what the charity will do with 1s 4d is beyond me). Cheers and roll on Cardiff. 1-0 if you’re interested.

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