Knowing Sunderland supporters as we do, the easiest guesswork in this week’s competition would be to predict the answer to the question in the headline.
Decades of disappointment have made most of us professional gloom merchants. So Chelsea’s latest defeat, 2-1 at refreshingly table-topping Leicester, damages our prospects for Saturday at the Bridge rather than improves them.
Jose Mourinho has blamed his players in such strong terms that they are bound – are they not? – to want to prove a point to him. Much as we may long for a character-building relegation for the glittering west London team with lower attendances than ours, the rise up the table is bound to start sooner or later.
To be honest, it is difficult to know how to follow the “but”. Except to say we matched Arsenal, top of the league as Leicester v Chelsea kicked off, should have scored early, should have equalised late and are entitled to regard 3-1 as desperately harsh. Can we play, at Chelsea, as well as we did for long spells at the Emirates and also take our chances? Must we really bow to the logic of an inevitable home win?
Have a shot at Guess the Score. David Jobling won last week’s rollover, two mugs from our sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts, so we’re down to one for this game’s prize, though I bet he’d rather have had three points for SAFC.
Usual rules: anyone can enter and a Chelsea winner would receive a mug with suitably amended design. Where the prize is as seen, the name of your choice appears as No 12 on the short. You must be the first to post the correct scoreline between now and kickoff, have a UK delivery address and accept that Monsieur Salut’s decision is always final.
Ha’way the Lads. Members of Salut! Sunderland‘s learned jury can share their thoughts on how the Lads can respond with a win or a draw, remembering that we have won at the Bridge three times since Peter Reid’s days.