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Sunderland vs. Fulham

Stadium of Light

27/10/07

15:00

Sunderland (a)

Are there really such things as six pointers this early in the season? Well I believe so. Although we may have climbed a few places up the table after our 0-0 draw with Derby, a defeat tomorrow will surely see us plunger back into the relegation battle.

Indeed, anything other than a win will see the clubs target of seven points from the three games (Derby, Sunderland and Reading) as unachievable. With tough games against top notch opposition in the form of Liverpool, Blackburn, Manchester united and Everton to follow, then perhaps you`ll get my drift with regards to the six point idea.

Vital Quotes:

"If we don`t win this one we`re in the mire."

Spouted by none other than me, it`s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland have doubts about the fitness of Dwight Yorke (calf) and Andrew Stokes (hamstring) whilst defender Paul McShane will also be missing due to suspension.

Roy Keane will select his starting eleven form the following squad - Gordon, Ward Nosworthy, Halford, Kay, Higginbotham, Collins, Harte, Etuhu, Wallace, Yorke, Miller, Leadbitter, Chopra, Jones, Stokes, Murphy, Connolly, O`Donavan.

Player to watch: Craig Gordon

The keeper interested Fulham during the summer and eventually cost Sunderland a record fee foe a British keeper. It`ll be interesting to compare him with our won Anti Niemi. Whilst there is no doubt Gordon has youth on his side, is he as good as our Anti? Tomorrow we may well see.

Fulham Team News:

Fulham travel to Sunderland without the services of long term injury victims - Jimmy Bullard, Brian McBride, Lee Cook, Kasey Keller, Ian Pearce, Philippe Christanval and Moritz Volz. Also missing will be Paul Koncheskey who picked up a straight red card last weekend against Derby. Carlos Bocanegra is expected to fill in for Koncheskey. Unfortunately, also missing for the trip is Hameur Bouazza who is suffering from a shoulder injury.

Fulham squad - Niemi, Warner, Baird, Stefnovic, Bocanegra, Hughes, Davis, Smertin, Murphy, Seol, Davies, Healy, Dempsey, Kamara, Kuqi

Player to watch: Anti Niemi

After putting in a man of the match display last Saturday, you get the feeling more of the same may well be required at the Stadium of Light. If we are to take all three points then we`ll need a good display form a keeper who has reacted extremely well to being dropped.

Match Facts & Stats

History favours Fulham Sunderland have only recorded one win over us in the Premier League and have only taken maximum points off of us in eighteen long years. It sounds great until you realise we`ve only played each other three times on Wearside during that lengthy spell.

In all competitive matches against Sunderland, on their patch, the record stands at - Sunderland 10 wins, Fulham 4 wins, Draws 7.

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner of the West Midlands will be the referee entrusted with incurring our wrath!

Match Prediction:

Be bold, be brave, have no regrets, that`s what Sanchez should be telling our players! Therefore, I`ll follow the same principles and go for a rare away win for Fulham, our first in 22 games on the road.

Next Fixtures:

With Fulham no longer participating in the Carling Cup, our next fixture is against Reading at Craven Cottage next weekend.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2007

Time: 4:33PM

Your Comments

You'll get a draw at best - DOOMED!
merlin
a draw just won't do - we need to pick up three points, we've difficult fixtures ahead of us!
Putney
Sunderland are strong at home and they'll be desperate not to lose four in a row - I think you may have a problem!
merlin
We have such a small squad to choose from!!! Kamara or soel on the left? Maybe call Timlin up!!! GIVE THE KID A CHANCE!! Niemi, Baird, Hughes, Stefanovic, Bocca, Davies, Davis, Smertin, Soel, Kamara, Healy!! That's my starting 11!!
oranje_emu
Fnally this could be a chance for leijer whoo hoo a decent defender! and yeah play timlin he looks like a good player
Backslash2010
Elliot Omozusi at Right back!! Baird nowhere to be seen!! Whats happened?!?!? Nathan Ashton is our cover at left back! Our bench apart from Smertin and Soel is pretty poor!
oranje_emu
 

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