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Prediction League: The stadium of very little light

Teams seem to struggle when traversing the country to play a game of football. While this is great when the north easterners come to St Marys and concede four or eight goals like last season. It seems quite unbelievable that saints haven't tasted victory away at a consistently poor Sunderland for twelve years.

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Bookies don't care about our poor history at the stadium of light they just see a porous Sunderland defence and a Southampton side unbeaten on the road. Saints are 4/5 favourites, the black cats 7/2, with a draw 29/10.

There has been a lot of talk coming into this game regarding Saints' excellent away form. Yes, we are unbeaten in five road games this season. But four of these have been draws. And when your end goal is european football draws are only slightly better than defeats.

Everyone thought it would be a home victory last week. And this time everyone was right! Lawrenson had the correct scoreline and moves into joint 3rd:

WRITER POINTS
Jake 8
Dan 7
Lawro 5
Merse 5
Connor 4
George 3
Will 1

So can we beat the curse of the stadium of light? Odds in the brackets:

Merse: 1-2 (15/2)
"Southampton are on a bit of a run and they're a decent team now they've got themselves going. They've got some key players back and they're doing well, I see them winning here."

Lawro: 1-1 (6/1)
"This is a tough game for Sunderland because Southampton are not just on a good run of results, they are also really starting to play well and will be a real handful."

George: 1-1 (6/1)
"A place Saints tend to struggle at, with a manager who they tend to struggle against. Saints to go in front, before Danny Graham gets his one and only league goal of the season."

Jake: 1-1 (6/1)
"I think the largely dull affair will see Saints taking an early lead through Graziano Pelle before succumbing to another second half of pressure which sees the Southampton defence crumble for a late equaliser for Sunderland's Jeremain Lens."

Connor: 1-2 (15/2)
"We don't have a great record at the Stadium of Light, but if we can't beat this Sunderland squad you have to wonder if we ever will."

Will: 0-3 (13/1)
"I'm going for 3-0. Surely Tadic, Mane and Pelle are going to have an absolute field day against this mistake-ridden, injury-hit side!"

Rules are one point for a correct result, three for a correct score.