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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunderland v Southampton: Who is heading towards safety?


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At the start of April Southampton looked to be heading for a top 10 finish and Sunderland looked to be joining them out of the danger zone following back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Everton. However, as we go into the penultimate game of the season, both Sunderland and Southampton are still in danger of going down, which makes today's clash even more vital.

Sunderland enter the day three points clear of Wigan and a point behind the Saints. Their hard-fought point at stubborn Stoke may be crucial come the end of the season. Victory today though will effectively ease those woes and allow them to enjoy the final game of the season at Spurs. Defeat though and Paolo Di Canio will be living on the edge.

The wheels have come off Southampton's recent terrific form and they could slip to 17th place this afternoon if results go against them. A point would suit them fine as they then host Stoke City on the final day, but all three points is what the Saints and Mauricio Pochettino want here.

Sunderland took all three points from St Mary's earlier in the season thanks to super Scot Steven Fletcher, but who will score today in his absence?

It should prove to be a tense affair at the Stadium of Light and the relegation picture will look a lot clearer come 5pm, but who is heading towards safety?

Sunderland v Southampton; Kick Off 3pm May 12 2013

Prediction Panel                   

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

3

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

4

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

0

V

0

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

2

Stoke City

Peter Holland

1

V

3

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

2

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

TBA

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

TBA    

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

3

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

0

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 16; Draw: 12; Away: 6. TBA 2.

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