Sunday, 5 March 2017

Quick / late Blog-posting – Sunderland predictions.

Not much time before KO…

v Sunderland.

Stadium of Light

Predicted line-up, subs and outcome.

Fluid 4-4-1-1:


___________________De Bruyne__________________




Willy likely to be recalled to wear the gloves for this league fixture.

With everyone apparently fit in the defensive department, I can see a bit of rotation on the flanks of the ‘back 4’. If that is the case, Aleks & Bacary to-possibly to step in for this one but with John & Nicholas having to ‘go again’.

It’s an attacking 6 from there on in, I’d say, starting with rested-in-midweek-pairing David & Yaya and NOT rested against Huddersfield Town; Leroy, Raheem, Kevin & Sergio who complete the in-form, offensive unit.

Footwork geezer with gloves back on the side-line; Pablo, Gael and a possible return of Vinny make up the defensive cover. Fernandinho the only midfield change-replacement option; Jesus & Kelechi the attacking pair in reserve.

Notable absences: Fabian Delph (not selected), Fernando (not selected), Ilkay Gundogan (injured for rest of season), Nolito (not selected) & Gabriel Jesus (injured – possibly for the rest of the season).

Do I agree with Pep’s (predicted) line-up?

Looks good to me!

Result? It’s a ground with very mixed fortunes for us in recent season and they do have players who can hurt you if you're not 'on it'…but these are truly bobbins; with just 2 league wins in 10 and a whopping 48 league goals conceeded (3rd worst in the league) from 26 played!

I would be both shocked and very disappointed indeed if we didn’t take ‘all 3’, which is what I’m going for us to come back with.

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