Sunderland are in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and have what looks to be an easy tie in the next round at home to Peterborough United or Kidderminster Harriers.
Alan Pardew – mounting pressure not to lose next game against Sunderland
And they are also in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester United, and the first leg of that the two-legged semi-final game takes place tonight at the Stadium of Light.
So if that’s all you knew about Sunderland you may even think they were doing well, but they are also rock bottom of the Premier League.
And it’s interesting that the two bottom clubs just happened to have made it to the semi-finals of the League Cup (Capital One Cup), with struggling West Ham also set to play Manchester City in the semi-final, and their first leg is tomorrow night.
It seems that clubs fighting relegation for some reason seem to do well in the local cup competitions these days, maybe because the manager is trying to save his job by winning as many games as he can.
And Wigan won the FA Cup last year and were relegated, and Birmingham won the League Cup in 2011 and were also relegated, and those sides represented England as one of the three clubs in the Europa League.
Sunderland won only seven games in the league in all of 2013, and two of those were against Newcastle, and when they won 3-0 at St. James’ P in late April, they hadn’t won for the previous nine games, and in fact had taken only 3 points from those games.
But they still won 3-0 away, and then this season they beat us 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, and in their previous eight league games they had only one point and were at the bottom of the league table – which they still are.
I can just hear it now from Sunderland fans – if only they could play Newcastle every week.
That was the first time since 1967 that Newcastle have lost successive games to Sunderland, and if heaven forbid we lose again in the next game in early February, that will be the first time since 1923 – the year my late father and mother were born – and that’s 91 years ago.
Alan Pardew will be under some extreme pressure in that game, and his FA Cup record at Newcastle is abysmal, and his recent record against Sunderland is also abysmal – and those games are important to Newcastle fans – in case Alan didn’t already know that.
But before we play Sunderland again, they will have played three more games than Newcastle – the two-legged semi-final in the League Cup and the 4th round of the FA Cup – and that’s six games compared to Newcastle’s three games – all in a short 26 days.
But given the way the last two games have gone, we’re not sure even that will be an advantage to Newcastle.
What do you think?
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