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Sunderland vs. Preview

Stadium of Light

30/04/11

15:00

Sunderland v Fulham Preview

It`s a long away trip for Fulham this Saturday as they travel to Wearside to take on Sunderland. Can Fulham on the back of an excellent 3-0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers, improve their away form which, once again, has been a negative aspect of a season?

Vital Quotes:

One quote could quite easily sum up both camps.
"We've had a terrible run but we have a great chance now to finish in the top 10."

It could quite easily refer to Sunderland`s recent run of form and from Steve Bruce or it could refer to our awful away form, and come from Mark Hughes!

Sunderland Team News:

Steve Bruce has a bit of a striker crisis looming. The word is that he doesn`t have one fit striker available with all of his strikers include din an injury list that includes - Bramble, Campbell, Gordon, Meyler, Noble, Gyan, Welbeck, Ferdinand, Mensah and Richardson.

Player to watch: Jordan Henderson

Tipped by many to go on to bigger and better things. It`ll be interesting to see how he does against our midfield, especially if Danny Murphy starts to pull the strings.

Preview Team News:

Mark Hughes has a relatively fit squad. The only player not looking as if he`ll be available for selection is Damien Duff.

Having started the last two fixtures with the same starting line-up, will Hughes make a change? We think not, which means that Bobby Zamora may well start form the bench again.

Player to watch: Clint Demspey

His two goals against Bolton made him our highest scorer of Premier League goals, could the Stadium of Light witness another vintage performance from a much-underrated player.

Match Facts & Stats

Some contrasting statistics perhaps!

Sunderland have failed to score in four of the last five fixtures against us, with a striker crisis could that be extended to six?

But, we`ve only notched up one win in the last eight Premier fixtures against Sunderland, that being in the fixture at Craven Cottage last season.

Does, in that case, the fixture have draw written all over it when you also consider we`ve not own away from home in 2011 and have only 1 away victory in the last 35 attempts.

Ref Watch:

Our officials are - Howard Webb (referee), Peter Kirkup & Mike Mullarkey (assistants) and Stuart Atwell (fourth official)

Match Prediction:

Our away form is, to put it bluntly, appalling. Wins on the road are as rare as Royal Weddings and a win at Sunderland may well be celebrated in a similar fashion. But Sunderland, casting aside their recent thrashing of Wigan Athletic, have been on a poor run of form so perhaps all is not lost. I`m going for a similar result to that of our last away sortie, a 1-1 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Next up, in May, is a home fixture against Liverpool.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 29 2011

Time: 2:37PM

Your Comments

Common sense tells me that expecting anything more than a draw would be foolish, however, I think we'll maintain the momentum from the Bolton match and grab a rare away win. 2-0 Fulham.
Teddy_KGB
It really depends how Sunderland will come out. With their injury crisis they might be happy with a draw, but then again they are at home. With our terrible away form it has to be a draw doesn't it?
Riverside Chanter
We have massive home games which im sure the lads will be up for.....but it would be good to finish with 2 more away wins. I going for a win at sunderland. 4 - 0 to the mighty whites
Leonestar
We have massive home games which im sure the lads will be up for.....but it would be good to finish with 2 more away wins. I going for a win at sunderland. 4 - 0 to the mighty whites
Leonestar
being able to play well with bobby an AJ sat on the bench looks good 3 0 coyw
truth sayer ffc
what a win... we're finishing strong...
woodysweats
 

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