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Sunderland return to the Stadium of Light on the back of an unconvincing victory away at Gillingham - what will our panel predict ahead of the visit of Ipswich? Let us know if you agree!

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It was all change in our table after the Gillingham result - a couple a correct scorelines for Malcolm and Matthew has not only given us a new joint leader, but has bunched up our top five so that only three points now separate them.

Although Will picked up a point, it wasn’t enough for him to make up ground as he now finds himself five points adrift at the bottom. What will our panel make of the visit of promotion chasing Ipswich Town?

Let’s find out in this round of predictions...


Philip Butler predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Josh Scowen

I’m going for Jack Ross’ favourite result tonight, despite Sunderland getting back to winning ways against 10-man Gillingham on Saturday.

Ipswich are a much better side then the Gills, and given last weekend’s performance was less than perfect, I think we’ll have to settle for a point this evening.

Josh Scowen got in some great positions at the weekend, but his finish let him down when it mattered most. However, I’m backing him to make up for his poor finishing by getting the first goal tonight.

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Josh Scowen
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Malcolm Dugdale predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 0 - 0 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: No goalscorer

I’m going for a goalless bore draw at home to Ipswich this Tuesday.

Parkinson’s plan means we create very little, and hope to win games based on a solid defence whilst taking one of our minimal number of chances.

When it goes wrong, as it did at home to Portsmouth, it goes very wrong, and we have no retort due to Parkinson’s substitutions making no sense. Even when it goes ok, it’s still average in terms of viewing pleasure.

I’d love to be wrong but given the creative output away to Gillingham (until being a man up) and Rochdale, we will in my view “Parky the bus” at home and go for a point versus Ipswich. It would be typical we try that and lose convincingly.

Given they have lost their last two away games and shipped five goals, that should not be our approach vs Ipswich on Tuesday. Not that Phil cares, as clearly this season is Phil’s way or the highway. Just ask Aiden McGeady.

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Matthew Foster predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

How different things could have been on Saturday.

At the point of Gillingham being awarded the penalty, I fully expected we would leave Priestfield empty-handed. Cue Burge pulling off the save, and minutes later Gillingham being reduced to 10-men after an appalling challenge from Alex McDonald, factors that played into our hands.

Gooch’s stoppage time goal put a gloss on the game where we were average throughout.

Tonight’s opponents Ipswich on paper have made a great start. And whilst they didn’t perform brilliantly against Crewe at the weekend, they still managed to grab the win, with a significant amount of injuries to their side.

Reading into the feeling around the camp at Ipswich, is that despite their good start, the fans are cautious. Last year they started well and veered off as the season went on, and on top of that don’t fair well against fellow promotion contenders.

A win would close the gap between ourselves and the top, but I’m not entirely convinced we’ll do that based on our performances thus far.

I’m going for a draw tonight, based purely on not wanting to back a defeat!

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

I’m pleased Sunderland managed to pick up a win away to Gillingham but it wasn’t smooth sailing, and we will need to improve to have a chance against promotion chasing Ipswich.

A decent start to the season has Ipswich sitting second in the table and they’ll hope to maintain that, as opposed to last season’s crash and burn job.

Despite this, Ipswich have lost two of their last three games, both to arguable promotion chasing sides in the form of Lincoln and Doncaster. In particular, Doncaster managed to put them to the sword with four goals inflicted upon Ipswich’s defence.

Ipswich are amongst the highest scorers in the League, so they are no mugs going forward. They have their midfielders to thank for this, with Teddy Bishop and Gwion Edwards leading their scoring charts - something Sunderland could learn from, with several misfiring last time out.

The imposing presence of recently acquired Oli Hawkins could cause problems as well. Off the mark in Ipswich’s last game, and we have struggled with him during his spell with Portsmouth.

We need to keep it tight, and try to pinch a goal to have a chance here. I don’t think a draw would be a bad result long term but I’d really like us to try and control the game. This is another opportunity to show we can fight for the automatic spots and our performance will show that.

Overall, I fancy a spirited draw. We will battle valiantly, and I think Ipswich’s quality going forward will tell, with a draw being just about the right result.

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Will Jones predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 - 1 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

There have only been a handful of games this year where we have been able to put our opponents to the sword, and even in those games we have failed to do so. Since those games we have not played well at all, we have failed to dictate play like we have previously and have been leaking goals and chances.

We have had our kick up the arse, and now need to buckle down and progress. Ipswich have started very well, but have been undone by Doncaster and were dominated by a Crewe side that we annihilated.

I feel I am repeating myself every week, but we need to go in and take the game by the scruff of the neck. Any team watching our previous three games will look and say they have nothing to worry about. That needs to change.

We need teams to come hear and fear us, not dominate play and put us on the back foot. I still fully believe we can beat any team on our day. We just need to go out there and prove it.

I think it will be a scrappy league one affair but we will come out on top. Scrap that - we NEED to come out on top.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 - 2 Ipswich Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

Saturday’s win was much-needed, and although the performance wasn’t good, we came home with all three points which, after the previous two games, was vital.

In truth, Saturday’s game could easily have been a defeat – and if the penalty goes in and/or their lad doesn’t produce a ridiculous tackle, it probably would have been, so I hope Parkinson isn’t fooled into thinking his tactics worked at the weekend. We won in spite of them, not because of them.

I live in hope that he releases the team from their shackles, brings Will Grigg in to play up front, and encourages a more dynamic and attacking style of play. We’ve seen that in 10 minute bursts here and there, but never enough to fill you with too much hope, or too much excitement.

Ipswich have started the season impressively, however they’ve failed the two major tests they’ve had so far – away games at Doncaster and Lincoln, where they fell to defeat.

This will be perceived as Ipswich’s third big test of the season, and they will be determined not to lose it. And I don’t think they will. 2-2.