It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league cup to you and me) against the Owls on Thursday night as lower-league underdogs.
While we all hope that situation will last for only one season – unless, contrary to the expectations of many of their own fans – Sheff Wed reach the Premier League, we have to regard them as, for now, the bigger team if hardly the bigger club.
Supporters are often divided on the merits of a good league cup run. The paltry attendances in early rounds bear witness to a fair degree of apathy.
My view is a simple one: I want Sunderland to win every game they play. It doesn’t happen, but that’s how I approach each match. So I’m rooting for a good, confidence-boosting result that takes us through to the next round.
Do you agree? Whatever your view, have a go at guessing the score. Remember there’ll be no extra time; if the scores are level after 90 minutes, the match goes directly to penalties. Tell us how you think a shoot-out would go by all means, but for competition purposes only the full-time score counts.
There’ll be a prize mug for the winner and the usual rules apply. Be first with the final score, have a UK delivery address and a mug shall be yours (design to alter, of course, should you support Sheff Wed).
A reader signing his comments as David correctly went for 1-1 for Luton Town vs SAFC and will be receiving his prize in due course. I have suspended, for now, last season’s policy of automatically entering the scoreline prediction of our Who are You? interviewee, mainly because I usually forget to post it before someone else opts for that outcome.
Ha’way the Lads – and come back later today for the Sheffield Wednesday “Who are You?”.