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Match Preview: Sunderland vs Manchester United

Siddarth Friday, October 1, 2010
Date: 2nd October 2010
Kick-Off: 15:00 BST
Venue: Stadium of Light

Sunderland have so many United connections to them, from ex-players playing for them to even their managers, they have Frazier Campbell, David Healy, Phil Bardsley and Kieran Richardson currently playing, also United starlet Danny Welbeck is currently on loan with the Balck Cats, United legend Roy Keane was their manager and current boss Steve Bruce also happens to a United legend.

Steve Bruce has faced Sir Alex 15 times in the past but never come away with a victory so far, and it might be his best chance to make a change to that. Sunderland might be positioned 11th on the league table but their position is deceptive to the good football they have played so far. They faced Manchester City, Wigan, Arsenal and Liverpool in their last 4 premiership fixtures and shockingly have been beaten in only one, against Wigan. They were successful in defeating Manchester City away from home and also came away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw, where they outplayed the Reds for most of the game. They actually even managed to out pass Arsenal in their draw against the Gunners.


Sunderland are opponents who would be foolish to be taken lightly, especially at home. But the Stadium of Light has been a very good hunting ground for United, being unbeaten against them in the Premiership at the current venue, last time Sunderland won at home was when they played in Roker park way back in the 1996-97 season. United have won 4 of their last five fixtures at the stadium of light.

In team news, Sunderland will be missing Kieran Richardson, John Mensah, David Meyler and Frazier Campbell through injury, while united loanee Danny Welbeck will be unavailable for selection since he is ineligible for the game. The in-form Darren Bent and record signing Asamoah Gyan should lead the line and Anton Ferdinand could make his return from injury to help bolster the defense. Darren Bent would be United’s main problem, currently in blistering form; he will be their main man.

As for United, they travel to Sunderland without Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney who are all out injured, and following their midweek exertions after long a lay-off, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson and Michael Carrick look like doubtful starters; Sir Alex will have a tough choice on whether or not to go with a lone striker, Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez’s good performances off late will give him a very tough choice to make. John O’Shea should come in for Rafael, who seemed to have picked up a small knock after a very industrious and impressive performance against Valencia.

It’s a game that’s too close to call, with Sunderland in good form and United’s defense tottering so far this season, it will be a very interesting fixture, and a goal scoring draw looks like the most plausible result.  Sir Alex though will be expecting united to come away with all 3 points and obviously the players will give it their best.

Probable starting XI:
(4-5-1/4-3-3)
Van Der Sar; O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Park, Obertan; Berbatov.

Predicted Final Score: 2-2

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2 comments:

DeviledSpam said...

Oh ye of little faith w/ your DRAWS. 3-0 MUFC w/ Chicarito, Nani & Owen 2 score. hahaha

Siddarth said...

lol, gutsy prediction! very tough game but, i saw them play Arsenal and Liverpool, Sunderland outplayed them both easily!!

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