Predictions League: Southampton, Sunderland, Newcastle, Q.P.R, West Ham, Everton – How will they fare?

Our panel give serious thought to this weekend's fixtures

I realise our massive fan base will be more than anxious to check out the latest Salut! Predictions League table, but they’ll have to wait.

Lack of time and a steward’s enquiry into the accuracy of the league table, means I will get to it during the not so festive period. Right in between the darts and one of my many siestas.

As I generally don’t know my arse from my elbow during the Xmas fortnight, trying to figure out which day it is becomes practically impossible. I’m an advocate for the Xmas break in the Premier League – so we’re certainly having one here.

So, I’ll take this opportunity to wish everybody a merry chr… hahaha – I’m afraid I can’t bring myself to. Here’s the predictions yaaaa’ll.

Southampton v Sunderland

Jake: Saints 0 Sunderland 1. I don’t really believe this.

Malcolm: My head says we won’t get anything from this one and will lose 2-0. My heart expects us to get something and a 2-0 win. So I’m going with my epiglottis and well settle for a 2-2 draw.

Sixer: A game neither side can afford to lose. They have tightened up their defence while ours is as stable as a Christmas jelly. Wickham to get at least one. 2-2.

The rest: Goldy 1-2. Bill  0-1.  Colin 0-2. Robert  1-2.  Jeremy 1-2. John Mac 1-2.

Newcastle v Q.P.R

Colin: I’m afraid I really want the Mags to win this and keep ‘Arry deep in trouble. Newcastle are also relegation rivals so there is merit is them losing, too, but not quite as much as things stand. I also regard them as a better team than Rangers. 3-1

Bill: Newcastle 2 QPR 0  If the Barcodes can’t beat QPR at home, then maybe it’s Alan “Christmas is cancelled” Pardew who should be looking for another job. It’s by no means a cut-and-dried result, though.

Goldy: Neee snidey copying tactics from me this week, I promise. Let’s get this right, I’m not particularly enjoying Newcastle’s slump – not while we’re in danger ourselves. It won’t always end like it did in 08/09 and that’s frightening. There’s jitters eleven miles up the road, however, and a rejuvenated Q.P.R to nick a point here. 1-1.

The rest: Jake 1-1. Malcolm 1-1. Sixer 1-2. Robert  2-1. Jeremy  1-2. John Mac 1-1.

West Ham v Everton

Robert:Without Fellaini Everton will struggle to dominate teams like they have so often this season. I expect a dull 1-1 draw in this one.

John Mac: EFC haven’t had it all their own recently but Sam’s had a couple of injuries and tends to fight hard at home. So 1-1 with neither team firing on all cylinders.

Jeremy: It doesn’t matter whether or not you approve or admire Big Sam’s approach to management. The man tends to get good results wherever he goes. West Ham are galvanised under Sam’s leadership and have surprised those who expected a relegation battle for the Hammers. This should be a really tight game so I’m going for West Ham 1 Everton 1.

The rest: Jake 1-2. Malcolm 2-0. Sixer 1-1. Colin 1-2. Bill 1-3. Goldy 2-1.

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Predictions: Sunderland, Man Utd/ City, Newcastle, Stoke, Everton – How will they fare?

A very productive week for all concerned in the Salut! Predictions League, a fact which must frustrate Bill and Robert no ends as in other weeks they could, and would, have moved up the table swiftly – so crap are our usual collective predictions. This week, however, no fewer than five of us gained 4 (four) points. We have our friends Newcastle largely to thank for that one

Jake ponders Poznangate.


Malcolm and Sixer are doing their best to allow the rest to catch up by picking up solitary points, while John Mac and Colin slide down the table despite gaining a point. The first week everybody has scored at least a point, in fact.

We really are rubbish at this.

Stoke v Everton is an interesting one this week – so I’m going with that alongside the North East’s big two fixtures against Manchester’s big two. Well, against Salford’s big one and Manchester’s big one, perhaps. You know what I mean. Easy three points for the lads, I suspect – this despite Wayne Rooney bouncing about in his stripey pyjamas tonight like a kid at Christmas. He’s foaming at the mouth and all excited for revenge, strangely. I must misunderstand the concept of revenge. All sorts of threats coming our way from the Old Trafford faithful (and not so faithful) due to the youthful element in one corner of our ground mocking them with the Poznan at the summit of last season. They seem mad…..

OH NO……….

maybe they’ll beat us………


Here’s the predictions:

Man Utd v Sunderland

Robert: Wayne Rooney is convinced Sunderland need to be taught a lesson after some fans celebrated City winning the title after United defeated us on the last day of last season. My hope, that Rooney gets all wound up, kicks someone, and gets sent off. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening, and United will stroll to a 2-0 win.

Jeremy: It’s difficult to envisage anything for our fans to “Poznan” over in this one. Man Utd to probably run us ragged and stick a few past the increasingly brilliant Simon Mignolet. Man Utd 3 Sunderland 0

Colin: Can’t see anything better, much as I naturally Iong to be proved utterly wrong. Pete Sixmsith summed it up by asking whether the win against Reading was papering over the cracks. Well, there are still cracks. If this is unwarranted pessimism, over to MoN and the Lads to make me eat my words. 4-1.

The rest: John Mac 5-6. Bill 2-2. Sixer 1-2. Goldy 1-0. Jake 3-0. Malcolm 3-0.

Newcastle v Man City

John Mac: Man City look to have too much against a lacklustre team whose manager has peaked (only 7 years 8 months of him to go, boys!) 0-2.

Jake: Hopefully the Skunks slump will continue. I really can’t see anything other than a City win.

Goldy: Now then. I’m gonna be honest here, I obviously fancy a City win but I’m going tactical with my prediction. I was umming and aghhing regarding the score – but my mind has now been made up by the other predictions. I’d kick myself if they all come in and mine didn’t. Observe the first four predictions proceeding mine and you’ll see what I mean. 1-3.

The rest: Robert 1-3. Jeremy 1-3. Bill 1-3. Colin 1-3. Sixer 0-2. Malcolm 1-2.

Stoke v Everton

Bill: With only three points separating Potters and Toffees, this might look like an obvious draw. Stoke are the great stonewallers – unbeaten at home since the Cats’ victory last February and with only two goals against them at the Britannia ground this season. But that can’t last and I think Everton just might have the edge. 0-1.

Sixer: No rugby score here. Both sides thrive in adversity, unlike some I could name. 0-1.

Malcolm: I always feel that Everton should be better than teams like Stoke, with more flair and technical ability at their disposal but as we know the Potters never make it easy for visiting teams. A one all draw is my feeling. 1-1.

The rest: Robert 1-1. Jeremy 1-1. Jon Mac 2-1. Colin 0-1. Goldy 1-1. Jake 0-1.

Something’s gotta give if 0-1 or 1-1 comes in at The Brittania then.

Here’s the table:

Correct Results Correct Scores Points
Malcolm Dawson 20 5 30
Sixer 17 5 27
Jeremy Robson 17 4 25
Jake 20 2 24
Colin Randall 16 3 22
Goldy 18 2 22
John McCormick 15 3 21
Robert Simmonds 12 4 21
Bill Taylor 13 3 19


Predictions League: Sunderland, Baggies, Newcastle, Southampton, Liverpool, Swansea – How will they fare?

I think it goes without saying that we all just KNEW that Q.P.R would have an appointment sorted in time for our game. But, at the old cliche goes, one game at a time n all that! let’s see how many go for the tactic of predicting Sunderland to win and Newcastle to lose this week.

It certainly would have bagged people points last week, adopting such methods. Dinner time kick off (not lunchtime as I’m Northern and working class) and the Sky cameras for the lads today. And it’s coooold. My toes are numb and spirits surprisingly high, despite watching the horror show that was Plains Farm Under 9’s losing to a far inferior opposition. Oops, I’m not allowed to speak like that in junior football, as it’s the sole reason England are crap at senior level. Apparently.

The predictions are:

Sunderland v West Brom

Bill:The Baggies have been playing above themselves and look rather like a square peg in a fourth place round hole. It can’t last. The Cats have a bit of momentum going, have rediscovered where the net is and should knock them off their Chelski-beating pedestal. There are half a dozen of our guys capable of scoring the goals. 3-1.

Colin: Wins back-to-back are not something we tend to do but if we want to be taken seriously, we must build on the Fulham result and show we can beat 11 men as well as 10.  I’ll not be as bold as I’d like to by predicting goals galore for us, coming from midfield as well as Fletcher, and will suggest an edgy but just about deserved 1-0.

Goldy: If we hadn’t had grabbed that win at Fulham on Sunday, I’d be bricking it about this fixture. West Brom are having the season we were supposed to be having – keep an eye on Steve Clarke. I love a good theory based on law of averages, and that’s what I’m going on here. Only whipping boys and top four side are normally good/bad enough to break the wonderful concept of law of averages and I’m hoping we are above the whipping boys level. West Brom shouldn’t win two consecutive Premier League games away against mid table sides and we shouldn’t lose two at home. That’s my rationale. A nervous 1-0.

The rest: Jake 2-0. Malcolm 3-1. John Mac 2-1. Jeremy 2-1. Robert 1-1. Sixer 2-0.

Southampton v Newcastle

John Mac:Nufc’s lack of form continues and they struggle to contain Southampton’s attack. 1-1, with at least one red card

Robert: A draw against Swansea and a win against QPR will have Southampton
full of confidence. Newcastle will be short on confidence as results
haven’t been going their way and Cabaye just had surgery which will
rule him out for awhile. All that adds up to a 2-2 draw.

The rest: Jake 1-0. Malcolm 2-1. Bill 2-2. Jeremy 2-0. Colin 1-2. Sixer 2-1. Goldy 1-1.

Swansea v Liverpool
After Swansea’s great, nae, magnificent win against the enemy last week, they will keep up the good work and win 1-0.

Malcolm: You’ve picked another toughie here. Both sides are playing reasonably well but for the Scousers it will all depend upon whether Suarez fires or not. I’ll sit on the fence 1-1.

Jeremy: Liverpool are anything but predictable it seems. I do foresee and away win here at Rogers returns to his short lived stomping ground in the west of Wales. Two nout to the Scousers in this one. 0-2.

The rest: John Mac 1-1. Bill 2-1. Robert 2-3. Colin 2-1. Sizer 1-1. Goldy 1–1.

Salut Predictions: Sunderland, Everton, Newcastle, Hammers, Wigan, Baggies – How Will They Fare?

Jake assesses the quality of our panel

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Enough of all this Man Utd v Arsenal and Liverpool v Man Utd nonsense, Wigan and West Brom will provide us with the third fixture to mull over this week. I actually think it’s an intriguing fixture. Seriously. West Brom have made an interesting appointment in Steve Clarke and I am genuinely interested as to how his managerial career is going to pan out. He’s worked for some big names – all with vast managerial methods it seems. Wigan are decent at home, however, and it could be a good yardstick for both teams.

Sunderland  travel to the wonderful Goodison Park this weekend. I have seen us draw there at best and will never forget the Boxing Day massacre of 1999 – where a soon-to-be Sunderland bound Don Hutchison netted twice in a 5-0 rout.  That game is a decent summation of our achievements in this particular fixture.

I have faith in this side, I really do. We are a top central midfielder away from being a very decent side and if Gardner, Colback or Larsson pull their finger out and take responsibility we have a chance against anyone.


The predictions:

Everton v Sunderland

Bill:I have little to base this on but blind faith in the probability theory – the one that says that sooner or later we’ll probably start playing better. We know the squad can do it, we’ve seen them do it and O’Neill desperately needs to get them doing it again. I don’t see us taking all three points at Goodison so, for once; a draw would be a decent result. Even better if Sess starts looking once more like the player we were all so afraid the Cats were going to lose. 2-2.

Colin: Since I am always wrong, bottom of the league and cannot even score sitters (e.g. Man U v Arsenal as a home win) I will be honest with us for a change instead of loyal and hope to be utterly wrong on both scoreline and winning team. Everton 2 SAFC 1

Jeremy:A home win comes as standard in Everton v Sunderland fixtures. No reason whatsoever to think that this one will be different even without Tim Cahill. 2-0 to the Toffees and more pressure on O’Neill.

The rest:Malcolm 3-0. Sixer 1-2. Robert 1-2. Goldy 2-2 Jake 2-0 John Mac 1-1.

Newcastle v West Ham

Sixer: How sweet would it be if Nolan levelled in the 82nd minute and Carroll headed the winner in the 93rd? It could happen! 1-2.

Robert:Newcastle still don’t look like a great side. On paper they’ve got quality all over the place but it doesn’t seem to have come together yet. And this week they’ll be without Coloccini in the middle so I expect West Ham to trouble them all day. I’ll go for a 1-1 draw.

John Mac:NUFC lack ball winners/holders who hold midfield together and dour Sam-organised defence keeps them at bay for much of the game. 1-1.

The rest: Malcolm 2-0. Bill 2-1. Colin 1-2. Goldy 1-1 Jake 3-1 Jeremy 1-1.

Wigan v West Brom

Malcolm:The Martinez way is, I feel, beginning to click – at least enough to overcome the Baggies. The Midlanders may be a force to be reckoned with at The Hawthorns, but they’ll come unstuck up in the land of Uncle Joe’s mintballs. Latics 3 WBA 1.

Goldy:Since that little bit in my intro bigging this game up, I guess it’s only fair I comment on it. Wigan, rarely expected to finish above the bottom six, are very decent at home – while West Brom has had the kind of start we all hoped for here.  They don’t always travel well though and I’m going for 2-1.

Jake:Can’t waffle – really don’t care 1-1

The rest:Bill 2-1. Sixer 1-2. Colin 1-3. Robert 1-1 Jeremy 2-1 John Mac 1-1.

Salut! Predictions League: Villa defeat Sunderland – but Jeremy is happy!

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Saturday’s game was the must win game of all must win games, so in true Sunderland fashion, we did nothing of the sort.


What it did guarantee, however, was Jeremy’s first correct score of the season. Him and Sixer become the big movers in the table after bagging four points apiece. John Mac was around five seconds away from making ground on Malcolm only for Arsenal to score ridiculously late and push him down into third instead.

Jake assesses the quality of our panel

Colin, unbelievably, failed to predict Man Utd would win that particular fixture – a game where the rest of us picked up a (seemingly) easy point. Let’s not laugh at the gaffer propping up the table though. Maybe we should have a debate on his negative tactics?

Here’s the table:


  Correct Scores Correct Results Points
Malcolm Dawson 14 5 24
Sixer 11 4 19
John McCormick 12 3 18
Goldy 13 1 15
Jake 13 1 15
Bill Taylor 10 2 14
Jeremy Robson 12 1 14
Robert Simmons 8 2 12
Colin Randall 9 1 11


Salut! Predictions League. Stoke, Sunderland stalemate and Newcastle flukey win over Baggies

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Seems like I was the big mover over the weekend; nudging the normally vocal Jake down a place due to the alphabetical technicality. Gerrin!

Jake not bragging about catching Malcolm anymore

Only myself and Jeremy decided that the two draw specialists of the league – us and Stoke – would erm… draw and I was actually the only person to score in all three games. Not that I took any satisfaction from seeing Newcastle score a flukey late goal in a game they were poor in. They will be quick to point out that Black Cats salvaged a point against them in very similar fashion last week – and that these things even themselves out over the course of a season. I hope they’re right. Considering the two legitimate goals that Everton had ruled out against them and the illegal goal that Ba claimed to earn a point at Reading, we should all look forward to a couple of games in which ‘things even out’ for them.

Most of us went for a Newcastle win, however, and Sixer claimed all three points for getting the exact scoreline correct. See Pete, all is not lost for you in football yet. Jeremy has a very decent ten correct results and is unfortunate that none have quite progressed into an exact score for him –  but I’m sure he’ll have his eye on Robert now. I’m pretty sure most of our American friend’s points came in the first couple of weeks. His form is akin to a Peter Reid/Steve Bruce collapse.

Here’s the table:

  Correct Results Correct Scores Points
Malcolm Dawson 13 5 23
John McCormick 11 3 17
Sixer 9 3 15
Goldy 12 1 14
Jake 12 1 14
Bill Taylor 9 2 13
Colin Randall 9 1 11
Robert Simmons 7 2 11
Jeremy Robson 10 0 10

Sunderland Predictions: Sunderland, Stoke, Newcastle, Baggies, Everton, Liverpool! How will they fare?

Stephen Goldsmith writes: well, another close thing regarding the predictions and kick off time this week. Malcolm and Colin can probably confirm the template was all ready yesterday tea time and it was a self-made task for me to finish it during ‘holding the baby’ duties last night.

Suddenly, the bug that has the kids down then struck me and the Mrs meaning this is the first time I have exited the bedroom since. (Exited, not excited) Smacked up on paracetamol and kids’ ibuprofen (there was no regular ibuprofen left) I have managed to finish the task at hand. That’s commitment for you. Back to bed and no match for me. Might be a good thing.

Here’s the predictions:

Stoke City v Sunderland

John Mac: I have more respect for the skill of Crouch than many people seem to have and think we will have a job on our hands to keep Stoke out. Fletcher’s due a goal, as are other of our team, and I think someone else will score for us as well as him, especially if McLean is left out of the side, in which case Saha or Campbell might just be that person. Cattermole should give midfiled a boost: 1-2

Jake:Every week I think this is the week when we hit form and every week so far I’ve been wrong. So going with the law of averages I’ve GOTTA be right this week. It won’t be pretty but we’ll win two nout. 0-2.

Jeremy: Pulis’s Potters will be the latest to draw with SAFC. A desperately ill tempered and physical encounter which will see the spoils shared 1-1. Norman Stanley will get back on the goalscoring track at the Britannia.

The rest: Goldy:1-1. Malcolm 1-0. Sixer 0-1. Robert 1-2. Bill 1-2. Colin 1-2.

Newcastle v West Brom

Robert: Both teams will be disappointed in their results from last weekend but I think that West Brom have been a little more consistent than the mags to start this year which should be beneficial as they are on the road this week. I think the points will be shared in a 1-1 draw.

Bill: This has draw written all over it. Both teams are playing above themselves (I remain convinced that the Mags’ façade is cracking). The Baggies look the stronger of the two but Sid James Park will prove the great equaliser. 2-2.

Colin: West Brom are no mugs, as they showed against Liverpool and (until late) Man City) but Newcastle will find this routine. Pains me to say so, but I see only a comfortable home win. 3-1

The rest: Malcolm 2-0. Goldy 2-0. Sixer 2-1. John Mac 1-1. Jake 2-0. Jeremy 2-0.

Everton v Liverpool

Sixer:Everton 2 Liverpool 0. Suarez, 3 dives and Osman, 1 – although if Howard Webb is refereeing, the dodgy penalty doubt could go into the stratosphere. Moyes needs to win this one after last years awful performance at Anfield.

Goldy: Everton have the settled side out the two Merseyside clubs, that goes without saying. That said, I’ll go for the usual derby score of 1-1.

Malcolm: The Reds are a team in transition and Rodgers is limited by the fact that Suarez appears to be his only fit, experienced striker. The Toffees on the other hand seem full of confidence despite only managing a point at Loftus Road last weekend. I fully expect them to be too good for their Merseyside rivals and though derbies can be tense affairs their win will be more comfortable than a 2-1 scoreline suggests. 2-1.

The rest:Jake 2-0. Robert 1-2. Bill 3-1. John Mac 1-1. Colin 0-2. Jeremy 2-0.

Salut! Predictions League: Predictable derby draw sees no correct predictions

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Despite the well documented fact that Sunderland have only won once at home to Newcastle  since the invention of the wheel, it goes without saying that not one of us predicted anything other than a home win on Sunday.

John McCormick admitted that he always predicts with the heart when it comes to the lads’ results, which gives me an automatic inferiority complex as it’s now clear that by him constantly predicting a Black Cats win, it means I should be in a better position than him due to the sheer numerical advantage – yet I’m nowhere near him in the table.

Jake assesses the quality of our panel


Whatever it was that people used to predict with for our game – heart or head – nobody scored from it.  Only Bill, Malcolm and Colin scored from the Spurs v Chelsea game, however none of the above got the exact score right.

All in all, a notable lack of movement in the table – something that the Sunderland midfield can surely relate to! Malcolm’s e-mails now come attached with the obligatory note reminding me that he’s not bragging about his league position, which means he’s clearly doing exactly that.

Here’s the table marras:

  Correct Results Correct Scores Points
Malcolm Dawson 12 5 22
John McCormick 10 3 16
Bill Taylor 9 2 13
Jake 11 1 13
Sixer 8 2 12
Goldy 9 1 11
Robert Simmons 7 2 11
Colin Randall 8 1 10
Jeremy Robson 8 0 8




Salut! Predictions: the big one, Spurs v Chelsea! Oh and Sunderland, Newcastle

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Let’s all be honest here. As my weekly e-mails float out in an attempt to gather people’s predictions and thoughts, enthusiasm isn’t always, shall we say, bouncing from the computer (or crap phone) screen when I read the replies. As the two main sources of our predictions – Sunderland and Newcastle – meet this weekend in what will surely be some sort of love fest played all in the right spirits, asking people for another two predictions seemed pointless. Especially when I annoy everyone and ask for a summary. This week, I wouldn’t blame anyone if they had simply replied:


Jake assesses the quality of our panel

Read moreSalut! Predictions: the big one, Spurs v Chelsea! Oh and Sunderland, Newcastle

Salut! Predictions League: Sunderland and Newcastle thrashed by Manchester clubs

Jake assesses the quality of our panel

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Thank God for the international break this weekend. Moving house with a young family means that I have had little and no time to bring you all the latest league standings this week – and I know how much you have all been waiting in anticipation. Anyway, that gave me a little room to be a few days late with this. Runaway leader Malcolm, of course, is fully aware of the current table.

People are quick to tell me that moving house brings with it sentimental and philisophical feelings. I can safely say that there has been enough activity in and around SAFC this week to give me my fair of philisophical thoughts. I am allowed to use the acronym SAFC right? As for the moving house, well…. I’m sentimental in regards to me being more than a ten minute walk from my previous local for the first time in my adult life. It makes me realise how much I love the place. And I’m quite philisophical about just who exactly drinks in the Board Inn – my new local.

Anyway, mid-table obscurity feels good to me, as I catch Robert who is sinking rapidly. Malcolm has opened up a bit of a gap now and I may turn to him for help on my coupon I’m thinking.

With every single participant predicting a Mags’ defeat, but no-one predicting the exact score, we all got at least one point at the weekend. Next weekend brings the big one when surely the team’s hearts and heads will all be pulling the same way.

Ha’way the Lads!!!!!!!

Correct Results Correct Scores Points
Malcolm Dawson 11 5 21
John McCormick 10 3 16
Jake 11 1 13
Bill Taylor 8 2 12
Sixer 8 2 12
Goldy 9 1 11
Robert Simmons 7 2 11
Colin Randall 7 1 9
Jeremy Robson 8 0 8


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