Saturday sees Martin O’Neills revitalised Sunderland visit the Bridge for another ‘must win’ game for AVB’s Chelsea. Since the arrival of O’Neill Sunderland’s no hopers have suddenly turned in performances only dreamed of under the hapless Steve Bruce. Looking at Sunderland’s team of Fergie’s cast offs and journeymen footballers its hard to comprehend why they were unable to perform under the previous manager. The fact that Anton Ferdinand left Sunderland for QPR thinking that the ‘Ha Ha Has’ were a bigger team showed how low Sunderland’s stock had sunk (or that Ferdinand was clueless). However the win against Man City proved that they have big game performances in them and therefore should not be taken lightly.
For the Blues it looks likely that Sturridge and Rammy will be back so there will be a couple of changes in the starting X1. Who is benched remains to be seen with the daily rags trying hard to stir up the AVB and Lamps story. Look out for some Sunday’ Red Top’ specials if Frank is dropped to the bench. AVB has been in most of this week sporting a new look of short hair and shaved face. In his interviews he has stated that he will not pick players that are just popular with the fans but he will pick those who are on form. Frank is the fifth most used player in the squad this season so he is hardly being under used, however the story of Frank joining Man Utd (a real non starter) or West Ham (with all the abuse they give him?) has given the press the chance to make up more rubbish about cracks in the dressing room.
AVB is an easy target because of his tender years but do you hear the hacks making up stories about Man Utd because Fergie is now an old codger or Mancini because nobody can understand a word he says? The answer is no. The problem is that the London based sports reporters cannot be bothered to get off their fat backsides and poke around up North for a story. Its far easier to pop on a Tube and go to Chelsea and then stop for an expenses paid lunch down the Kings Road.
As for the transfer window? Well the normal rubbish and porkies adorn the back pages at the moment. Cahill looks like a good buy and will hopefully be completed this weekend. Josh looks like he’s off to Brendan’s boyos down in Swansea and Alex may go and join Sparky at the R’s revolution at Shepherds Bush (although I cant see him playing in the Championship next season). So back to this weeks match, my feeling is a 3-1 win for our blue boys with a sweet little double from Nando, please, and a third from Sturridge. Sunderland will be a tough test but I don’t think we will be seeing O’Neill jigging down the touchline this week.