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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Sunderland v Reading: Can the Royals defeat the Black Cats?


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Sunderland v Reading

Sunderland and Reading currently occupy two of the bottom three places but the Black Cats could escape with victory tonight, but Martin O'Neill's men have only won at home once this season. Can the Royals drag themselves closer to safety and pile the pressure on O'Neill?

This game should have been played in August but freak weather put paid to that, but it gives both clubs the chance to boost their survival hopes. Sunderland could leap out of the danger zone at the expense of Wigan, while Reading's reward for victory would be to close the gap on Sunderland to a single point.

The visitors have yet to win on the road this season and have lost their past four outings. Sunderland have only picked up one point from their past four games but there are signs of improvements. They scored twice past West Brom and should have left Carrow Road with at least a share of the points. But without Steven Fletcher they look toothless. O'Neill needs to find someone with plenty of goals in them sharpish.

Reading have lost their last two outings 1-0 against fellow strugglers Villa and Southampton. Can they avoid a hat-trick of defeats?

The Royals won the last meeting between the two sides in December 2007 and have won more head-to-heads - seven to Sunderland's six - but can they get the vital three points in the bank tonight? Our pundits don't think so.

Sunderland v Reading; Kick Off 7.45pm December 11 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

0

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Alex Richert

1

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

TBA    

V

TBA

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

1

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

2

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

4    

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

4

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 20; Draw: 8; Away: 5. TBA 1.

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