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The Roker Round-table: Our writers predict what might happen today at Wolves - & it aint pretty

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Your Roker Report scribes are back again with their predictions for this afternoon’s clash against table-toppers Wolves. Does anyone think that we’re capable of winning?

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James Copley - @JamesCopley73

To borrow the title from a former Sunderland fanzine - It's the hope I can’t stand.

I predict Coleman's boys will race into an early lead, sending limbs flying and providing hope to the masses.

However, capitulation inevitably follows hope with Sunderland. There's no doubt in my mind that Wolves will come back to batter us.

They're flying high at the moment and have a standard of player we can only dream of, including Portuguese international Rúben Neves. Fowards Léo Bonatini and Diogo Jota have 21 Championship goals between them the season, and with our questionable defence - I'm worried.

Wolves 4-1 Sunderland

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Tom Walsh - @Walshie409

Wolves have to lose eventually and we’re going to be the team to do it. Don’t ask me how but we will. It’s going to be freezing cold and we’ll rolling home with three points in the bag - so shove that up your stocking.

Wolves 1-2 Sunderland

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Gav - @Gav1879

I’m genuinely scared of what Wolves might do to us.

A nice mid-morning blizzard causing the game to get called off would be just about perfect. We can’t really afford to play this game with the amount of players we have missing and with a very winnable game next week against Fulham coming up, I’d sooner we reduce the risk of further injuries and have a weekend off.

That is of course wishful thinking. We’ll just have to face up to what is coming at us and take our punishment - I think we’ll be lucky if we escape having conceded less than three.

Wolves 4-1 Sunderland

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Connor Bromley - @ConnorBromley

This game on Saturday acts as a 'free hit' I think for Coleman and the boys. If I were managing this I would drop a few of the older lads and bring in some youthful energy.

Asoro, Honeyman, Embleton, Robson and Beadling would be lovely additions to the team this weekend and give us some much needed hunger.

Plus it will send a message to those older players that their places are not safe in this team.

Still - we will get murdered.

Wolves 3-0 Sunderland

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James Nickels - @JamesNickels

This is one of those top versus bottom games which is finely poised to either be a massive shock, or absolute mauling.

Unfortunately for us, I can't envisage anything other than the latter, such is the nature of how both sides have performed this season.

Wolves are brimming with players that would star in the Premier League, never mind the Championship. Rúben Neves is their biggest name and will return from suspension this weekend. Scottish wing-back Barry Douglas and French central defender Willy Boly have both been revelations for Nuno Espírito Santo this season. Former player Alfred N'Diaye may play some part, likely off the bench with the return of Neves.

Their free-scoring front three of Léo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro (27 goals between them) lead a side brimming with ability, power and pace, three aspects which have destroyed our defence in the past and probably will again on Saturday.

If we had more defenders fit, this pretty much free hit would've been a perfect time to experiment with a back-five, but Bryan Oviedo's unavailability has curtailed that.

Wolves 4-1 Sunderland

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Graham - @AsylumDoors

We’re proper shit and Wolves are proper good. We are most likely to get absolutely hammered into next week. So much so, I’ve pretty much convinced myself not to even listen to it.

If there’s one thing I can take from Saturday’s game against Reading is that when we had eleven men we looked tidy enough at the back. I know things eventually unraveled, but I reckon Chris Coleman will have us going there to keep it neat and tidy, with the team probably dropping back and hoping to get Wolves on the counter at some point.

Truth is, though, we’re simply not good to get anything at Molineux, but if we play the way I expect, we might be able to keep the score down a little.

Wolves 3-1 Sunderland

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Chris Camm - @christophecamm

If I were a Wolves fan I'd look at this Sunderland side with all its injuries and poor form and think that we're just bound to lose this one. Its sod's law.

But I'm not a Wolves fan. I'm a Sunderland fan, and as a result think we'll be comfortably beaten on Saturday. Wolves are an excellent side and we'll do well to even slow them down.

Wolves 3-0 Sunderland


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