All posts tagged with: Sunderland

Championship Season Preview: 2017-18

Though Newcastle United won the Championship title last season, one might say that Brighton and Huddersfield won the hearts of the neutrals. The duo ended 34 and 45 year top flight exiles respectively, the former with three games to spare, the latter via a Wembley shoot-out. Who will make history this year? Here’s our predictions.… Read more →

Sunderland Season Preview: the re-build

Sunderland’s policy has long been to sign old players in an inflated January market and change manager frequently. They always just about stayed up with that approach, but always with the sense that they were treading water. Last season, those years of short-term thinking caught up with the Black Cats, as supporter Michael Oates –… Read more →

Short-termism catches up with Sunderland

Sunderland have long been the Premier League’s masters of escapology, but this time, survival looks beyond even them. They will go down, probably as the division’s table-proppers, unless they can almost double their current points tally in the remaining 11 games. Such a return looks beyond even them and so the eye cannot help but… Read more →

Sunderland v Stoke: stretched squads

Stoke City’s FA Cup defeat is made all the more frustrating by the fact that they fielded more first team players than visitors Wolves. Mark Hughes has come under criticism lately but there should be no blame attached to him for that defeat – he played a strong side and while the opposing goalkeeper made some… Read more →

FA Cup Preview: revenge for Sunderland?

Sunderland may have revenge on their mind this weekend when they host Burnley, who thrashed them at Turf Moor seven days earlier. Other FA Cup action sees a meeting of two of the competition’s famous underdog victors from the late 80s, while goalkeeping could decide the Staffordshire derby. Stoke v Wolves These teams met in the FA… Read more →

Time for Januzaj to stand up

Strange as it might sound, Sunderland’s survival chances could hinge on a change in mind-set from Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian scored twice in his first Manchester United start at the Stadium of Light, back in October 2013. Since that impressive 13/14 campaign, most coaches elsewhere have rejected the Belgian with question marks over his attitude. David Moyes, perhaps surprisingly… Read more →

Lukaku treble sinks shaky Sunderland

A sublime second half performance from Everton saw Romelu Lukaku net an 11-minute hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Sunderland. The Belgian netted two headers from two crosses, before slotting home one-on-one to finish the contest. The hosts had competed reasonably well in the first half, but crumbled after the first goal. Jermain Defoe may… Read more →

Clinical Boro win north-east derby

The summer’s Premier League talk has been dominated by the Pep vs Jose hype, but football passions are just as high in the north-east as they are in Manchester. We saw that at the Stadium of Light as Middlesbrough picked up a 2-1 win at Sunderland thanks to a first half brace from Cristhian Stuani.… Read more →