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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Fulham v Sunderland: More misery predicted for O'Neill's Black Cats


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The last team Sunderland wanted to be playing this weekend would have been Fulham. The Black Cats haven't beaten them in their previous six meetings, have scored against them only once in that period and Fulham have only lost at home twice during the whole of 2012.

The Black Cats start the day outside the drop zone but a two-goal defeat will see them swap places with Reading and sink to 17th place. This was not what Sunderland fans expected. With Martin O'Neill at the helm for his first full season they were looking at a possible challenge for European football. Instead, the Black Cats face another battle to stay up.

Fulham on the other hand just keep on getting better and better. Martin Jol knows exactly what he wants and who will make his side that extra bit competitive. Dimitar Berbatov could be the signing of the season. He was instrumental last weekend against Arsenal and has given Fulham a real threat up front. There's no doubt in my mind that if he plays today he will cause O'Neill's men a whole lot of pain.

Victory today could see the hosts climb up to seventh. A shock win for Sunderland though would give them a huge boost and see them rise above Wigan and go level on points with Stoke, who play on Monday against West Ham.

Unfortunately for the travelling fans, our panel of pundits think it will be another wasted trip.

Fulham v Sunderland; Kick Off 4pm November 18 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

1

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

2

V

0

Newcastle

Greg Hall

4

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

0

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

0

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

1

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

2

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

3

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

3

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

TBA

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

0

V

0

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 27; Draw: 5; Away: 0. TBA 2.

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