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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Stoke City vs Sunderland: Premier League Prediction Panel - preview and predictions

Sunderland will be brimming with confidence following their first home victory over their nearest and dearest in 28 years at the weekend but Stoke City will be looking to bring the Black Cats back down to Earth with a bump tonight.

The Potters have already taken maximum points off Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium this season, and were unlucky not to get something when Everton visited, and Tony Pulis’s men will be looking to move out of the bottom three with their third home victory against Roy Keane’s side.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2006/07 season. Stoke City ran out 2-1 winners in the last meeting at the Britannia Stadium with Lee Hendrie and Vincent Pericard getting on the score sheet. However, Sunderland have a pretty decent record against Stoke City. They have won four of their last eight meetings at the Britannia Stadium and have been playing well but not getting the rub of the green recently.

Stoke City will be looking to bounce back following their defeat against a Robinho-inspired Manchester City side on Sunday and the passionate Potters will do their damnedest to roar their boys on.

Sunderland have only lost one of their previous six Premier League outings and are well organised by Keane, but Stoke City is not an easy place to get a result. It should be fierce encounter between the two red and white striped clubs, but I think Roy Keane would be happy to take a point – although the last draw between the two sides at Stoke City came 18 years ago.

Stoke City vs Sunderland; Kick Off 07:45pm 29 Oct 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 2 - 2
Dave Blackburn : 0 - 0
Sue Gardener : 2 - 2
Chris Goodwin : 0 - 0
Paul Grech (sqf) : 2 - 1
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 2 - 1
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : 1 - 1
Peter Lee : 1 - 2
Don McMahon : 0 - 1
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 1 - 1
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 1 - 2
Tony Ratton : 1 - 1
Peter Rendle : 1 - 2
Dan Taylor : 1 - 1
Bill Urban (sqf) : TBC - TBC
Andy Wakeman : 1 - 2
Isaac Williams : 1 - 1
Mark Williams : 1 - 1

Panel Verdict
The panel is going for a score draw here - probably 1-1.

Home: 2; Draw: 10; Away: 5; TBC: 1;

* Do we have it right, or do you know better? Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!

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