A word about the poll: now that we have had to lose Villa and Leicester, it’s down to three so we have to start all over again. In the last version, Hull were way ahead on 66 per cent favouring them to go down, Newcastle were next bet on 18 per cent and Sunderland were fingered as drop candidates by only 15 per cent. Dare we hope the voting is accurate?
Some people have the measure of this Guess the Score business and others do not not.
Paul Devine, another of the SAFC-supporting exiles among our readership, has already won at least two mugs this season and now he has another to look forward to. He lives in the Netherlands but has a relative’s UK address to which his prizes can be sent.
The end-of-season tension has exhausted Monsieur Salut.
In another foreign land, yesterday was the first day of the year to be spent on a beach. There were jellyfish in the sea, a gorgeous sea view out towards the islands of Levant (90 per cent military, 10 per cent nudist) and Port-Cros and stunning hills behind.
All I could see, though, was wave after wave of Arsenal attack with Costel Pantimilon trying his damnedest to block, catch, kick, deflect everything thrown at him, aiming for the clean sheet that would rival Paul Devine’s clean sweep (OK, a bit of licence may be at play there).
But is that how it will be? A stupendous backs-to-the-wall resistance to Wenger’s finest? Will Defoe snatch one at the other end? Or will we be blown away by a side capable to beating the best on a good day or night even if we try to convince ourselves they are susceptible to the occasional stumble?
Like Pete Sixmsith, in his masterly appraisal of the Leicester game (https://safc.blog/2015/05/sixers-leicester-city-soapbox-arsenal-and-chelsea-no-place-for-chokers/), I shall be in pieces on Sunday afternoon if we still need the final day to go our way at Stamford Bridge, the KC stadium or St James’ Park.
Sadly, the odds against Arsenal blowing it lengthened with that surprising home defeat to Swansea. Teams of their calibre rarely fail two home games running. We will need a lot of luck or a superhuman performance, or both, to survive the Gunners’ probable onslaught. We showed last season that the will-to-win (or at least avoid defeat) can triumph over logic – so over to you, Dick and the Lads.
Guess the Score for the penultimate time this season. A mug from our sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts awaits the winner, whoever they support. The Sunderland version looks like this and you get to have your own name as No 12 ….
The winner must, like Paul, be first with the correct scoreline before kickoff and be able to provide a UK postal address.
And you may all come back for our Arsenal “Who are You?” once the tardy interviewee gets a move on and sends his replies.
Ha’way Pants and the 10 Lads in front of him. Save our season in style and reward the fans who have turned out in such force through thick and mostly thin all season long.