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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Sunderland: Black Cats rally to steal point (video)

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Lee Cattermole put Sunderland ahead but Gus Poyet’s Sunderland needed a late equalizer from Seb Larsson to seize a share of the points versus West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw on opening day.

Saido Berahino scored both goals for the Baggies.

Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone was tested early, forced to make a physical play just outside his six to collect a cross.

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It would’t be the last time the Sunderland goal was tested. Lee Cattermole was one of a pair of Black Cats to clatter into Saido Berahino in the fourth-minute, in what would’ve been a controversial opening day penalty.

Cattermole turned goal scorer less than a minute later, when he latched onto a clearance five yards outside the box and lashed it past Foster to make it 1-0. The goal was just his second in 102 PL appearances for Sunderland, though his first was last year against Spurs.

West Brom earned a pair of 18th minute corners, but the first was parried by Mannone and the second cleared after Jonas Olsson was kept from leaping to meet it.

Anichebe won a pretty soft penalty, going to ground after Valentin Roberge nudged the West Ham attacker. Berahino buried his chance to make it 1-1 heading into half.

Steven Fletcher had the second half’s best chance, scoring before being ruled a hair offside (but offside nonetheless).

And then Berahino found his second, tapping in a cross from former Sunderland favorite Gardner in the 73rd minute.

Sunderland equalized in the 85th minute, with Larsson darting into the 18 to tap home a solid run from new Black Cats back Patrick van Aanholt.

Five minutes of stoppage time couldn’t separate the clubs.


West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner (Yacob, 84′), Dorrans (Sessegnon, 84′), Berahino, Brunt (Baird, 77′), Anichebe

Goals: Berahino (42, 73)

Sunderland: Mannone, Roberge, van Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell (Gomez, 68′) Johnson (Buckley, 73′), Wickham, Fletcher

Goals: Cattermole (5), Larsson (85)

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.