Vital Stoke predicts: Sunderland (Home)
After Stoke`s unfortunate defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, the Vital Stoke prediction table looks almost the same as 4 out of the 6 contenders got the Man Utd result correct.
Here is the league as it stands after the last week:
1. Tom Barker Prediction (3-1; 1pt) 12 points
1. Mark Lawrenson Prediction (3-0; 1pt) 12 points
1. Lloyd Reddin Prediction (1-0; 1pt) 12 points
1. Tom McKeon Prediction (1-1; 0pt) 9 points
5. Ryan Kalisz Prediction (2-0; 1pt) 7 points
6. Niall Cope Prediction (1-1; 0pt) 3 points
The Vital Stoke team will go head-to-head with BBC`s Mark Lawrenson in predicting Stoke`s result against Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium.
Points will be given for any member of the team that gets the score correct (3points) or the result correct (Win, Lose or draw (1 point)), and all points will be calculated throughout the season.
The team`s predictions are as followed:
Editor Lloyd Reddin- Stoke 3-0 Sunderland
"This is a game that a lot of people are seeing as a win for us especially after a difficult run of games, and as we come out of that run with our heads held high and full of confidence, I think we will be too much for the Mackems and give them a good old pasting. I know Sunderland have started this season similar to us but I think they rely too much on Fletcher, and with our tall, strong defence, I think we will nullify his threat."
Co-Editor Tom Barker- Stoke 2-0 Sunderland
"Stoke have been almost unbeatable at home so far and I feel their dominance will be too much for a Sunderland side who are struggling on the road. I personally feel that stoke will outplay them and comfortably win 2-0 at fortress Britannia and take amuch needed 3 points."
Co-Editor Ryan Kalisz- Stoke 2-1
"The Black Cats haven't been so lucky so far this season, and their lacklustre performances have put even more worry lines on Martin O'Neil's forehead. Stoke will be looking to lap it up today with their consistently brillaint performaces through perhaps the biggest evolution the club has seen for a long time. Today, is the day that the Potters want their performances to be rewarded with 3 points and so I reckon that we'll get the cream instead of the cats"
Co-Editor Tom McKeon- Stoke 2-0 Sunderland
Sunderland have some players who can and will cause us problems but this is the sort of game Stoke should be looking to win, I wasn't impressed with O'Neill's team against Newcastle and with their problems creating chances, the last fixture you want is Stoke away. We've been very impressive of late and I expect that to continue today, with Charlie Adam starring in a 2-0 win.
Co-Editor Niall Cope- Stoke 3-0 Sunderland
'Stoke will be looking to build on their positive performances recently against some tough opposition.
'Sunderland have struggled this season and although they have won only one game like The Potters, their fans are disgruntled at the very few chances they're fashioning.
'Stoke were unfortunate to lose their unblemished home record against Sunderland in the Premier League last season.
'A quick start should set Stoke up for a comfortable win, with Michael Owen grabbing the third in the final few minutes.'
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson- Manchester United 3-0 Stoke
"Sunderland will be searching for a little bit more quality going forward, something they lacked against Newcastle's 10 men on Sunday.
"Steven Fletcher has done fantastically well since joining from Wolves but they are still waiting for Adam Johnson to get going.
"I think Stephane Sessegnon is a good player too but they have to try to ignite him as well because, at the moment, the Black Cats just look workmanlike.
"They are playing a Stoke side who are even more workmanlike, in terms of their approach of loading the ball into the area. They have got some quality in their team too, though.
"These sides are never going to find themselves in relegation trouble but to make the next step and climb higher than mid-table is going to be difficult for both of them. At the moment, neither of them look like making it.
"Neither of them look free-scoring sides, or even capable of more than one goal, which might be why they have both been draw specialists this season.
Sunderland seem too happy to let teams dominate them because they want to play on the counter-attack all the time. The downside of that is, even at home, they sit back and do not create enough.
"Stoke probably create more because they have a more direct way of playing but, even so, I am going for a point apiece here. Stoke have drawn five of their eight league games, and Sunderland have drawn five of seven. So for once there might be some logic in my prediction."
Can anyone pull ahead at the top of the league or can the stragglers pull their way back up the table?
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