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Score Predictions: Will Sunderland return to winning ways in South Yorkshire this afternoon?

After our penalty shoot-out win over QPR on Tuesday, the lads return to league action this afternoon with a trip to Rotherham. How will we get on?

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  • Correct score = 3 points
  • Correct outcome (but not correct score) = 1 point
  • Correct first Sunderland goalscorer = 1 point
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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...

Rotherham 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

Sunderland begin a trick run of fixtures to League One specialists Rotherham, and thankfully we’ve got a few players back from injury just in time. Lynden Gooch and Corey Evans are both likely to come back into the side, and the added energy of Gooch and composure of Evans should hopefully help to solve some of our deficiencies from the Charlton game. I’m backing Gooch to get us started in a narrow victory.

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Gooch returned at QPR, and Phil’s backing him to get the first SAFC goal today
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Malcolm Dugdale says...

Rotherham 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Elliot Embleton

After a three-game ban for a tackle that looked worse than I think it was, Embo is going to be back in the mix and wanting to impress the fans and the gaffer.

After improving in recent weeks with more game time, which all footballers tend to, I think Pritchard will make way for Elliot in the starting 11, but he has done well so may well get on in the second half, assuming any recent knocks don’t need rest.

This is going to be a major rebound game for the lads in the league, but the momentum and confidence is there after the cup win versus QPR, so we simply need to repeat Loftus Rd and we will be all good. It will be tight though, so I am going for a one goal win and a clean sheet for Hoff and the back four.

Matthew Foster says...

Rotherham 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Dan Neil

I can see this being the toughest test of the season so far.

Rotherham as expected have started well, and are the best side defensively, having only conceded ten goals so far.

They find themselves on an unbeaten run of eight games in the league, with some big wins in that run.

I’m in two minds as to how this goes.

But I can see this ending a draw, with Dan Neil celebrating his new contract with a goal.

Sunderland v Accrington Stanley - Sky Bet League One
Another goal for Dan Neil?
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Jack Howe-Gingell says...

Rotherham 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I’m expecting this to be our toughest game of the season so far, and I fancy ourselves and Rotherham to be challenging for the top two in the league come the season end.

Michael Smith will be a threat with 10 goals already this season, in what seems to be the best purple patch of an otherwise average to poor career. The rest of Rotherham’s side is mainly the players who they had in the Championship, and we will need to step up.

Keep it tight at the back and our forward players will get the job done. The return of Embleton will be a boost, particularly for our set pieces, and I expect him and Dan Neil’s guile to be the difference in a tight game.

Will Jones says...

Rotherham 2-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

After a a week of officiating howlers we return to arguably the biggest and hardest game of the season.

I believe Rotherham will be our main rivals at the top this season and have been in fine form after a rocky start.

I am sure we can win here however I just feel Rotherham will show why they are a team that can always get promoted from this league, every time they return.

I predict a very tight game, with a few goals. Maybe a little too exciting with a last minute equaliser. This will really test us.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet League 1
Will McGeady get back on the goal trail?
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Martin Wanless says...

Rotherham 0-3 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

This has the feeling of a pivotal game this season, and one that I (realistically/optimistically/foolishly) think we’ll come through with flying colours. The QPR game will have been the perfect bounce back from last week’s disappointment and will give the lads confidence as we take on a strong Rotherham team.

I’m going for Aiden McGeady to net the opener from the penalty spot, and Sunderland to emerge victorious in front of an army of travelling fans. Haway!

Chris Wynn says...

Rotherham 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Although we have followed every League Cup progression up with a victory in League One so far this season, I think this time we’ll be happy with a solid draw away to a promotion rival.

The other aspect of this is that we don’t seem to draw under Lee Johnson - only one this season. But, Rotherham are in a great run of form and we are looking to bounce back in the league following Charlton, so I’ve got a feeling it will be tight and we will share the spoils.


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