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Score Predictions: Can we progress in the Carabao Cup at QPR tonight?

It’s that time again when we spin the wheel to guess what side Lee Johnson will put out as we try and predict whether Sunderland will progress to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup!

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Just a quick reminder on how we allocate points to our match-by-match predictions:

  • Correct score = 3 points
  • Correct outcome (but not correct score) = 1 point
  • Correct first Sunderland goalscorer = 1 point
  • Possible deductions for being lazy and not submitting = to be decided

We also have our League One predictions here that went out on the site before the season began. We’ll keep an eye on these as we go along because, at the end of the season, this will come back into play when each correctly placed side adds five points to that person’s tally.


This week’s predictions...


Explain yourself...

Phil Butler says...

QPR 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Leon Dajaku

The magic of the cup is back, well what's more magic than a Tuesday night trip to Loftus Road in a game neither side really wants to play and with both teams looking to rest their first team players ahead of more important matches at the weekend.

What tonight is a good opportunity for is Sunderland's squad players who have a first team spot to grab after the attack disappointed at the weekend, I think Leon Dajaku could be the man to make a first team place his own with the winner in a low-scoring match.

Crewe Alexandra v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
Will Leon Dajaku have another excuse for a kneeslide tonight?
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Malcolm Dugdale says...

QPR 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Denver Hume

I think the lads will do exactly what we’re not expecting, just like Saturday. Hume will be on building minutes up and I can see him skipping inside their second choice right back and banging the first goal in.

I don’t really care about the result but if we can resume winning habits in any way before the weekend that would be great for the squad. H’away lads, back on the horse, rub down your skinned knees and crack on.


Matthew Foster says...

QPR 2-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Leon Dajaku

Whilst I would love for the scalp of a side in the league above, I sadly don't see it happening tonight. QPR have had a good start to their season, and although they will likely rest players, I think they'll have some big guns in reserve.

I think we'll make wholesale changes too, and I'm hoping to see Dajaku start the game and build upon his promising start on Wearside. Would love to see us potentially take it to penalties and chance our odds, but think QPR will nick it late on.

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It’s been a while since Denver Hume found the net for Sunderland...
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Jack Howe-Gingell says...

QPR 2-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

I’m not sure what kind of team we’ll put out but it will be a good test, against a QPR side who have been doing well in the Championship.

They have plenty of talent on display with the likes of Willock, Chair, Austin and Dykes all threats. Depending on how seriously they take this competition will determine what sort of side we will face.

I expect us to compete well, but a close to full strength QPR may have too much for us. I’d prefer us to focus on the league in truth, and could prove a good game to get the likes of Gooch and Dajaku more minutes.


Will Jones says...

QPR 3-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden O’Brien

With two of the most important league games of the entire season on the horizon, I don’t see why LJ would risk playing a first team. Especially with so many knocks and precautions already being taken.

I believe it will be players needing fitness and will be one where he wants players to show they understand the “philosophy”. QPR also play soon after so I believe they may put out a half second string squad, which have also done fairly well this year against good opposition.

I believe at this current time QPR will be too strong for a half first string team but we will play well, just to be outclassed in major positions and getting done with Burge in goal.

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Aiden O’Brien
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Martin Wanless says...

QPR 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

With both teams set to make changes this is going to be a difficult game to predict. And, while the last thing either manager will want is extra time, I’m going for the 90 minutes to end level.

Lynden Gooch’s return as a sub on Saturday was welcome, and I’m going for him to get our goal as he regains his match fitness. 1-1, extra time, and a late night all round.


Chris Wynn says...

QPR 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: N/A

I just think tonight is the end of the road for our mini-adventure in the League Cup. It’s the type of non-glamour tie that tends to get us just when we have a bit excitement with a potential quarter-final on the horizon.


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