Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth always looked liked a bottom half of the table clash when the Premier League fixtrues for 2015/16 were released. And so it is. We are six points and four positions better off than Sunderland. And, more importantly we are above the regulation zone.
Will AFC Bournemouth win today. We think a 3-1 win is on the cards. Here’s what we told Salut Sunderland
SUNDERLAND TO WIN 2-0, SAYS SUNDERLAND FAN
A big thanks to Pete Sixsmith – Salut Sunderland, the eternal optimist
AFC Bournemouth have only ever played Sunderland 7 times and this is our first ever season in the Premier League. What does the average Sunderland fan know about us?
Probably not a great deal. Some may remember you beating Manchester United years ago, others may well remember you as beating us in September. Those who know their football will realise that you nearly went under a few years ago. I saw Bournemouth lose at Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup and thought hat they would do well to see the season out. Enter Eddie Howe……….
Newly promoted teams are often seen as easy fodder for the more established Premier League teams. Surely at home you must think you have a good of getting something from the game. What’s the score going to be?
We have to win this game. A draw would be just about acceptable; defeat would consign us to Burton Albion home and away next season. Our home form for the last few years has been dismal as has the football we have played. I am an eternal optimist so I am going for a 2-0 win, but would not be surprised if the scoreline was reversed.
Which AFC Bournemouth player do you think would/could/might get into the Sunderland matchday squad?
I like Wilson, although I know he is injured. I saw him play for Coventry two years ago and he looked a real prospect. Afobi looks interesting. Any defenders that you have who can go through 90 minutes without making a crass error would do.
Where do you expect Sunderland to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
I would be surprised if we scraped clear this year. If we do, it may well be at Bournemouth’s expense. Villa have gone and Swansea look fragile. There is always one team that fall into trouble and Watford look to be struggling at the moment. Alas, Newcastle may well pull away having spent the sweat of Sports Direct slave labour on a clutch of players.
Eddie Howe is a much admired manager. Would you be happy to have him to replace Big Sam?
He is an excellent manager although his experience at Burnley suggests that he may not flourish in the Far North. Looks a good fit for one of the big London clubs – maybe Wenger’s successor at Ashburton Grove.