We’ve been this way so many times. The big game on the outcome of which rests so much. And it is fair to say the many Sunderlands of our collective support have not always been great at delivering the goods on such occasions.
This time, there must be no false move. We have to beat Crystal Palace if we are to give that essential boost to the mini-revival staged under Gus Poyet.
Of course we can lose and still stay up; the mathematics suggest this season’s relegation issues will not be fully resolved before the last couple of games. But on any analysis, a draw would be desperately disappointing and defeat would frankly make survival start to look beyond us.
All three of Sunderland’s home wins in the league have been achieved under Gus Poyet since he took over what seemed, in October, a lost cause. Newcastle, Man City and Stoke. But Villa were allowed to steal three points, Hull brushed aside our 10 men and the visits of Chelsea and Spurs produced predictable away wins.
Over to you to guess the score. No prize, just for fun, Palace supporters are welcome to join in.
And in case you missed it, there’s a terrific Palace “Who are You?” – at
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Here’s a flavour of what Mick had to say:
Q: Any thoughts on SAFC, the fans, the region?
I’ve always had a particular respect and affection for Sunderland. You’re a proper football club, in the same way that I regard Palace as a proper football club, which is to say a combination of history (yours more distinguished than ours); wildly fluctuating fortunes (ours fluctuating more wildly than yours); resolutely unfashionable; a loyal, not to say fanatical following; the sense that you don’t choose to support the club, but that you are chosen – branded – by virtue of geography, family tradition; the fact that following the club is not a pastime, but a desperate and irrational love.
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8 thoughts on “SAFC vs Crystal Palace Guess the Score: games don’t come much bigger”
2-1 Borini Colback.
If we dont win this one, then I wouldnt put any money on us staying up. Pulls knows how to set up teams that frustrate. He’ll play defensive, and score a bungled ugly goal from a set piece.
But I stick with my 2 -1 because I’m an optimist!
. We can’t score goals and Palace don’t concede many. I can see a penalty here – hope it’s for SAFC, so 1-0 to us.
Some things are more important than football.
Tony Benn died today. Rest in peace Tony. Rest in peace brother.
Four defeats in a row now, we have to turn it around. 2-1 win
2-0 to Sunderland , why? Because we’re absolutely desperate for the three points!
SAFC 5 – Palace 0…the men stand up to be counted
A win. Can’t even begin to guess at the score. Win beautiful, win ugly, win with an offside goal, win with a disputed penalty. With with the aid of a beach ball. You get my drift.
I could not agree more, but I have a bad feeling about this game and think it could end up as a 1-1 draw.
I the last six PL away games, Palace have managed to accrue 3 points, with us having gained only one more from the same number of home matches, so there is no way I can see this as a game for the purists/lovers of beautiful football.
All though (IMHO estimation) will not be lost, if I’m correct, because I can see us picking up more points on the road where our lack of the necessary guile is not so exposed and games are much more suited to our style of play.
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