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Score Predictions: Are we backing an easy three points for Sunderland at Wigan?

How do you think the Lads will get on at Wigan tonight? Let us know!

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Last Time Out...

Nobody called a Sunderland defeat, and nobody even hinted at a Josh Scowen goal, so no points to anyone last time out and our table stays as it was.

Can anyone catch Jack and can Martin pull himself off the bottom before the end of the season?!

Another huge clash today, but we’re at away, does that make it easier to predict?! Let’s find out if our panel back us today as we review this round of predictions...

Philip Butler Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0-4 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

After our first defeat in 14 games at the weekend, I’m backing Lee Johnson’s side to come back fighting with a comprehensive win at Wigan Athletic this evening.

Wigan were the opponents for Johnson’s first game, and he will be keen to avenge the defeat that we suffered on that day.

As for goalscorers, I’m also going for a return to form. Charlie Wyke is due another goal and needs to improve his finishing from the weekend where he missed a couple of good early chances.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet League One
Surely Charlie Wyke is due one tonight?!
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Malcolm Dugdale Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

We knew that at some point we would drop some points, and that has now happened. Even Lewis Hamilton has a bad race and the odd crash now and again, but the sign of real championship pedigree is how you react to a bad day at the office.

We now have only one point from the last available four, so we need to get back into the car, pull the dents out and polish off the scratches and get on another run which lasts till the end of the season.

I am backing Geads to open the scoring, as when the going gets tough he is the sort of player who steps up. To be honest I don’t care who gets us ahead, but we need to get ahead early, and reinstate our reputation of a team who can win well especially away from home. We will need that reputation, and confidence in it when we go to Blackpool and Hull after this one.

Peterborough United v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
Could do with another one of these tonight...
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Matthew Foster Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

With wins for the top two, a defeat to Charlton might feel to some like the end of our automatic promotion hopes. However there’s still seven games to go, and a win tonight would put us two points behind Peterborough and keep the pressure on them.

It’s worth noting that under Lee Johnson, every loss has been followed up with a win, two of which where we’ve fired four past our opponent’s. We never do things the easy way – as we’re all painfully aware – but who would have thought after the Wigan defeat in December, we’d be within touching distance of promotion in the return fixture.

Wigan had a great win against Doncaster at the weekend so cannot be underestimated, but they’re struggling at the foot of table and their home form is very poor. I’m confident of a positive reaction from the lads, with a comfortable win and Charlie Wyke breaking his duck.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet League One - Stadium of Light
Lee Johnson
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Jack Howe-Gingell Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

After a disappointment against Charlton, we need to bounce back in our game in hand and keep our automatic promotion push alive.

We had ample chances in the first half to put Charlton to the sword, and it just didn’t go to plan. Some say it had been coming, but ordinarily those kind of chances would have wrapped the game up for us, and I’m confident we can get back amongst it.

Wigan are fourth bottom and have hardly been in sparking form. A 1-4 win over a faltering Doncaster does nothing to change that for me, and they should be just the tonic for us after a tough run.

If we can create the same kind of chances we did against Charlton, we will win. Lightning doesn’t often strike twice, and I know we can turn it round.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet League One
Will Ross Stewart be asked to partner Charlie Wyke up front tonight?
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Will Jones Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

After Wigan’s incredible display against Doncaster in their fight for survival, and our worrying displays of late, I am not sure we will be up to the task Tuesday after our run of form has ended.

Jones is a doubt with a baby on the way and with three players being “carried” on Saturday they need to pick themselves up and give themselves a kick up the arse. Blackpool are within reach of us and we will have to be at our best Saturday so tomorrow needs to be a showing that we can play.

I am unsure if this team can get back into the form we played Pompey. I hope I’m wrong, spectacularly wrong. But I see a curtailing off now, even if it is in our hands still.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet League One
No moment of magic from McGeady against Charlton
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Martin Wanless Predicts...

Score Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I’m not confident at all about this one – but we simply have to win tonight, and hopefully the lads have the bit between their teeth.

The possibility of Bailey Wright returning to the defence should help us become a bit more solid at the back, and hopefully Denver Hume will make his long-awaited return to the starting XI too.

After the fall out from Saturday, Jordan Jones surely has to start. Wigan are coming off the back of a good win, but hopefully we’ll control the game from the off, and come away with the three points. I’m going for Ross Stewart to open the scoring – I think he deserves a start, but will it be alongside Wyke or instead of him?


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