The beautiful game, with all those blemishes the heaviest make-up cannot conceal, is back. There may still be a Test series going on, and loads of people are on holiday or have holidays still to take, but football won’t wait.
And that means, at Salut! Sunderland, the return of Guess the Score. Let’s have a bumper entry for the opening game versus Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
For Sunderland supporters, the tricky issue of guessing the outcome of a potentially difficult away match is made trickier by the fact we don’t really know what kind of team Dick Advocaat will send out. Leroy Fer and Yann M’Vila are reportedly likely to be Sunderland players, albeit on loan, in time to play. There’s also talk of a new striker and Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo believes Danny Graham or Steven Fletcher could be about to follow Connor Wickham out of the SoL exit.
My own guess is Pantilimon; Jones, Coates, Kaboul, van Aanholt; Cattermole, Rodwell, M’Vila or Larsson, Johnson; Lens, Defoe with Fer, O’Shea and Watmore among the subs. I could be hugely wrong.
Have a go anyway. Leicester fans are, of course, very welcome to join in.
We are still awaiting confirmation that the competition will be sponsored as last season. If it is (and I shall update this posting accordingly), the winner – the reader who is first to post the correct scoreline before kickoff – will receive a prize mug; if not, it’ll have been just for fun. Predicted line-ups will not form part of the competition and while there are not many rules, one is that the winner must have a UK delivery address.
Ha’way the Lads, whichever Lads Advocaat chooses.