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Roker Report Score Predictions: Fleetwood Town v Sunderland

Do you back Sunderland to get back to winning ways after four without a win or will Fleetwood Town gain all three points? Let us know if you agree with our panel as they give their predictions!

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Only one winner in our table after the Doncaster game and that was Will, who took all three points in the final minute over a despairing Malcolm who was set to go two clear at the top.

This means Will finally gets off the bottom of the table to go joint top and our table is even tighter than before. Will our panel keep the faith and back Sunderland to bounce back this week at Fleetwood Town?

Let’s find out what our panel go for in this round of predictions...

Philip Butler predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 1 - 1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Grant Leadbitter

Well this is all becoming a bit repetitive, isn’t it? Sunderland’s winless run stretched to four games at the weekend and Phil Parkinson must surely be coming to the end of his time on the Stadium of Light bench.

I have no confidence in us scoring from open play at the moment, so I’m thinking a Grant Leadbitter penalty is the most likely way of breaking the deadlock.

I do think Sunderland can get a point against a decent-ish Fleetwood team, if only to prolong the suffering of the fans watching our lone striker man mark the opposition’s midfielders.

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Malcolm Dugdale predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 2 - 0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: No goalscorer

Although we had good spells at Doncaster, the game simply confirmed we cannot score routine goals despite plenty of possession and numerous chances. On that basis, I’m going for Fleetwood to get all three points.

They are a side who banged in five at home to Plymouth last time out, and that isn’t a one off, as they put away four at Bristol Rovers the game before that. Our side playing against a team who have scored 13 goals in the last five games has “loss” written all over it for me. We have only scored 16 all season, which tells its own story.

It happens to be my birthday the day of the game, and I would happily take a loss and confirmation of the departure of Parkinson as a gift worth more than many others.

He has under performed in all aspects of what the club has asked of him - he can’t man-manage as the McGeady example shows. He also can’t squad manage as his lack of subs and use of young players demonstrates, and he cannot apply game management to lead us to three points, as the combination of stoppage time and unused substitutes at the Keepmoat clearly demonstrated.

Do us a favour and beat us Joey, put us out of our manager misery please.

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Matthew Foster predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 2 - 2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Chris Maguire

When I said I didn’t mind propping up the prediction table if Sunderland surprised me - well, that really didn’t surprise me.

We don’t look like a side capable of anything better than play-off’s so far, and it’s clear we’ve regressed under Parkinson. I really don’t understand his reluctance with making substitutions earlier, especially with five at his disposal. If he had changed it up earlier, we would have probably won at Doncaster.

We just seem so easy to work out, with no Plan B, and just the hope of seeing out the game at 1-0. We need a strong character at the helm, to put a rocket up the players backsides, and Parkinson is anything but.

Since our 2-1 Pizza Trophy defeat to Fleetwood, they have absolutely battered Bristol Rovers and Plymouth, scoring nine goals in the process. I certainly don’t think they will continue that against us, but I do have trepidation going into this match.

My heart always believes we can win, but my head says otherwise. And for the want of not losing not only the game, but more ground on those above us, I’m going for a score draw.

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 0 - 1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

Feels a bit like déjà vu following our recent encounter with Fleetwood in Papa John’s Trophy, though I expect this to be a different sort of game entirely.

Both sides played weakened teams originally, giving young and fringe players an opportunity, whereas this time it’s two sides with top six ambitions and I’d expect both teams to set up strongly.

Fleetwood are off the back of scoring nine goals in their last two games, putting them amongst the top scorers in the League. Callum Camps continues to impress with another brace against Plymouth in their last encounter, taking him to nine goals in all competitions. As an aside, Camps was free transfer in the Summer and you have to wonder why we didn’t try to get him, as he looks a shrewd acquisition.

Alongside Camps, Ched Evans and Paddy Madden have chipped in with twelve goals between them across all games played. They are both physical players, and we will need to be wary of their presence. Evans in particular, is enjoying a Renaissance both in terms of goals and supply.

Sunderland on the other hand have found goals difficult to come by, once again due to the stuttering front line and lack of spark. We have only managed three goals in our last three games, so any chance of victory will be defined by tightness at the back.

Fleetwood’s free scoring form against our generally decent back-line, will likely be the story but as Doncaster found out, who are similarly free scorers, that does not always work in your favour.

Parkinson should be a man on borrowed time. His negative attitude against Doncaster cost us two points, and with a low score line on the cards, he simply has to do better. We have five subs to work with now, and he should be using the young players’ energy to our advantage, not looking to bring Max Power on at any given moment who provides the square root of f**k all.

All in all, I’m predicting a low scoring match that will swing in our favour but it could easily go the other way or worse, should the defence fall to pieces. If we had a manager who could actually be bold, we would be able to strangle the game and I’d fancy us more, but sadly my prediction is more out of hope than expectation. This won’t change until Parkinson goes.

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Will Jones predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 1 - 2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Chris Maguire

Returning after convincing back to back wins over MK and Donny, Parkiola’s barmy army will be brimming with confidence going into this clash with a crap Barton team... is what I wish I could say.

However, we are off the back of two games in which we have bottled taking the lead in, and it’s fair to say dropped us points that has put us back into 8th, a position we always just sit in never move from.

We have had ample opportunities to move up the table, but we don’t. It’s as simple as that. We are a team that doesn’t take our chances even when it is gifted to us on a silver platter at the SOL two yards out with an open goal against your former team... not to name any names.

That being said... I believe we do have it in us to turn up and *Batter the Cod Army*. I believe the game is gonna be rough, drab, absolutely grim. But that is what Parky is all about, and if this is his last game, then I hope he can go out having crushed Joey f**king Barton.

Others may tell you that Fleetwood score for days and yes it is bound to happen that they will score. However, I hope for god’s sake that the defence has had time now to sort itself out and come back to its early season form.

I have no real reason to back a win. I am going off pure gut instinct and after four without a win I just want to see us get three points.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score Prediction: Fleetwood Town 2 - 0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: No goalscorer

I predicted us to win 2-0 at Doncaster, and we should have. Thanks Phil.

And, while I did feel somewhat confident heading into the game in South Yorkshire, I feel very little confidence going to ‘Highbury’ for our Friday night fixture against Fleetwood.

Joey Barton loves playing against us. We never seem to rise to the occasion, and I just don’t see us doing so this weekend.

I don’t often predict things going against us, but unfortunately I just don’t see this game going any other way. 2-0 to Fleetwood.

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