UK time is: 10:22:10
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Blackburn vs. Sunderland

Ewood Park

18/10/10

8pm

On Sky

Blackburn V Sunderland

Sunderland head into this game after starting their season with some brilliant results but still find themselves two points from the relegation zone!

Sunderland need an away win and they will feel confident heading to Ewood park with a near full strength squad.

Darren Bent will be touch and go but he can be replaced by Gyan if need be. Maybe Bruce will go for 4-4-2 if boh strikers are fit enough, but Bruce has plenty of options.

Blackburn will be dangerous from set pieces so we will need to be good from corners and free kicks to keep a clean sheet.

Vital Quotes: STEVE BRUCE

Bruce said: 'We know what to expect. You all know I am a big friend of Sam and enjoy his company, and whenever you are up against his teams, you know physically if you don't stand up and be counted against them, you will be caught short.

'He has done fantastically well to finish 10th again with Blackburn on really limited resources and selling all the players he has.

'You look at his record at Bolton and he was very, very successful.

'Yes, he is much-maligned for the way he plays, but it is difficult, you know it is difficult to play against them, and that's another challenge.'

Blackburn Team News:

Big Sam, will be hoping David Dunn is fit enough to return from injury after missing the last two games.

He will also be missing Keith Andrews and Nelsen.

Player to watch: Chris Samba

Everytime I have seen Blackburn play, especially against us, he is always the rock for this team.

He is vital to stopping Bent and Gyan and if we can manage to get past him we have a chance of scoring on Monday night.

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland will have Kieron Richardson, John Mensah and Anton Ferdinand all back from injury.

The big decision for Bruce will be whether or not to start Bent as he recovers from a groin injury.

Player to watch: Jordan Henderson

Finally, Henderson is getting the recognition from the national press for his amazing season so far. Man City and Chelsea have both been linked to the young midfielder and he is certain to be picked by England when they place France next month.

Match Facts & Stats

Darren Bent has scored 83% of Sunderland's league goals this term; a higher percentage than any other player for their team. The only other goals scored in the league this season by the Black Cats have come from Asamoah Gyan and a Stephen Carr own goal.

The 14 Premier League games between Blackburn and Sunderland have produced a total of only 22 goals.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Lee Probert Assistant referees: Dean Mohareb & Ceri Richards Fourth official: Chris Foy

Match Prediction:

Blackburn 1 - 1 Sunderland Sunderland have one of their strongest teams heading into this game but I still feel we will struggle against this physical side. If Bent starts, and is fit, we have a great chance to get a vital away victory but I would be happy to extend our unbeaten run and grab another point.

Next Fixtures: Aston Villa (H)

Sunderland face Aston Villa on Saturday 23rd October at 3pm.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Gary Johnson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 17 2010

Time: 8:40PM

Your Comments

Tricky game would love to see a comfortable win but half expecting to see a draw
tucky
You got what you expected.
DubaiSpur
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Step Up Costel Pantilimon. (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Graham Set For Trip To London. (Monday October 27 2014)

Stats: Sunderland v Arsenal (Saturday October 25 2014)

Team News From The Stadium of Light (Saturday October 25 2014)

Mannone Plays Against Arsenal. (Thursday October 23 2014)

Sunderland Sign French Defender On Loan (Thursday October 23 2014)

Archived Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

List All Vital Sunderland Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Newcastle 9 2 4 3 -5 10
15. Aston Villa 9 3 1 5 -10 10
16. Crystal Palace 9 2 3 4 -3 9
17. Leicester City 9 2 3 4 -4 9
18. Sunderland 9 1 5 3 -9 8
19. Q.P.R. 9 2 1 6 -10 7
20. Burnley 9 0 4 5 -11 4

Breaking League News

Match Day Moments - QPR (h)
Chelsea : 01/11/2014 09:24:00
Lawro v Mystic Mug - Villa v Spurs
Aston Villa : 01/11/2014 08:44:00
Gunners Aim at Burnley in No Man`s Land!
Burnley : 01/11/2014 08:16:00
Everton V Swansea City Match Preview
Everton : 01/11/2014 08:11:00
Team News: Hull v Southampton
Hull City : 01/11/2014 08:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland v Stoke (League)
Suggested By:  
Sunderland win 34%
Draw 41%
Stoke win 25%