There is nothing like a good cup run. Nothing. Whilst being a huge Sunderland fan, I also follow my local team, Scottish Division One side Ayr United. Ayr are a team notorious for under-achieving in the league, but when it comes to the cup they have built themselves a reputation for being giant-killers. As I write this, I am looking forward to a trip to Hampden Park to see Ayr playing their big rivals Kilmarnock, having already knocked 3 SPL sides out on the way. The excitement around the town is incredible.
Sunderland’s excursions to Stamford Bridge rarely have resulted in a neutral emotion. The home of Chelsea has been the dwelling of some of our most treasured Premier League performances, and indeed many that the attendants would like to erase from their memory. It is the latter which dominates the fixture, which is far from surprising given our records against the ‘big four’.
In the ten Premier League fixtures between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge there have been a total of forty six goals scored, although they have never usually been shared equally with; 7-2, 6-2, 4-2, 5-0 and 4-0 score lines included in those encounters.
Games between Sunderland and Peterborough United are not a
regular occurrence, and there will be plenty of unknown names on the Posh team
sheet on Sunday for the FA Cup third round clash at London Road. So who can we
expect to star in Peterborough blue against Martin O'Neill's red and white
England under-21 international JOE LEWIS is a talented
stopper and has been with Peterborough since 2008 when signed for £400,000 from
We always like to catch up with the opposition to get their slant on things and today I spoke to writer and Peterborough enthusiast Jamie Jones, who edits the fan sitehttp://standingontheglebe.co.uk/ - check out their podcast after the game on monday.
Hi Jamie, thanks for your time. First off - how is your season going?
As usual, Sunderland find themselves in a ‘must-win’ clash in the early
stages of the season.
The amount of times I have wrote this in a preview
is becoming alarming, surely showing that we are up against it more times than
we feel like a comfortable team in the English Barclay’s Premier league.
Steve Bruce faces four games that he must take at least 10-12 points in
to get the disheartened fans back on his side.
The opening game of his
four game trial is against Fulham at home this weekend.
Here it is, the game we have all been waiting for. However, I will make sure I go through this preview without mentioninghisname, as he is not worth the attention as we focus on three points to get us back into the top half of the Premiership.
Sunderland come hot off the trail of a much-deserved victory at The Reebok Stadium last weekend, a game that released some pressure from the players and Steve Bruce. The players will hopefully play the game with renewed confidence and take the game to Alex Mcleish’s men who lost their last game against rivals West Brom.
The formula to support Sunderland AFC should read as follows:
Receive defeat; feel crushed for three days after loss, optimism begins two days before next fixture, confidence builds before kick off, repeat step 1 with another defeat.
How about we change this formula Steve Bruce by playing your best team and the players in their correct positions?
We hear reports and snippets that we will get to see a 4-4-2 formation against out of form Bolton with rumours of Bendtner and Wickham lining up top with Sessegnon and Larsson on the correct wings to provide deliveries for them to pounce upon.