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Monday, 06 May 2013

Sunderland v Stoke City: Will Pulis punish Paolo?


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Sunderland v Stoke

Just when Sunderland fans thought is was ok to look ahead to next season Aston Villa hit them for six. And to compound their misery Villa saw off Norwich on Saturday, Wigan Athletic came from behind twice at the Hawthorns and Newcastle picked up a point at West Ham to pile the pressure back on Paolo Di Canio.

The Black Cats are just two points ahead of the drop zone having played a game more and they need a performance tonight against Stoke City.

The Potters, who were also in dire straits until a few weeks ago, are not totally out of the relegation picture just yet and, despite sitting in 11th place, could still be pulled into trouble. With games against Sunderland, Spurs and Southampton, Stoke need at least one more win to be sure of safety.

Their record at the Stadium of Light though is not something to be proud of. In their four Premier League meetings, Stoke are yet to register a single goal, losing three of them. How Tony Pulis would love to see Jonathan Walters or Peter Crouch find the back of the net tonight!

Sunderland looked safe after spanking Newcastle at St James' Park and then following it up with victory over Everton, but last Monday night's horror show against Villa has put them right back in the firing line. To make the home fans even twitchier, their home win against Everton was only their second in 2013. Fortunately for them though, Stoke have only won twice on their travels all season.

So who will ease their relegation fears?

Sunderland v Stoke City; Kick Off 8pm May 6 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

0

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2    

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

0

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

0

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

1

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

3

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

3

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

TBA    

V    

TBA

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

TBA

V

TBA

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 19; Draw: 8; Away: 5. TBA 2.

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