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Score Predictions: Can Sunderland pull a win out of the bag at Hull City?

Three defeats on the bounce and now we face a trip to the league leaders - how do you think we’ll get on? What will the score be?

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Last Time Out...

No points from Blackpool, although I was so used to the lads getting zero points that I missed points for Jack, Matthew and Phil for Wyke scoring at Wigan - didn’t make a huge deal of difference in our table though...

After three straight defeats we’re back on the road against league leaders Hull City. Let’s find out if our panel back us today as we review this round of predictions...

Philip Butler Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: N/A

I’m going to continue to be Mr Doom and Gloom since it served me well at the weekend.

We were warned of Lee Johnson’s tendency to go on streaks of wins followed by streaks of defeats, and in going to get against Sunderland until this losing streaks ends and, hopefully, a winning one begins.

We’re struggling to score at the minute, but don’t look like shipping 3 or 4, so I’ll punt for a repeat of Saturday’s 1-0 loss.

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Phil Butler thinks it’s going to be another frustrating evening...
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Malcolm Dugdale Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

I keep predicting a win and I really hope this time is the one where I am right, as we need wins now way more than we did earlier in the season. We cannot have a total tail end collapse as we approach the play-offs. Our players’ heads will drop and we won’t have a hope, when in truth we have a lot to be hopeful about.

It would be great to see a six point swing in this end of season run even if it is an ugly 1-0, and I really don’t want to hand promotion to either Hull or Posh without something of a fight. We suffered an ugly loss against Blackpool and the same against Charlton, time to get our own back.

I’m picking Geads to open the scoring as he was very unlucky not to notch last game out, with the goalie well beat and the thickness of the paint stopping the ball from going in off the woodwork. If that were down our end, it probably would have hit Burge on the back of the head and gone in, such is our luck.

Come on lads let’s make a scrap out of this. If you want a contract next season show us everything you have for these last 450 minutes pre the play-offs. That’s the least us fans deserve. Mackems are grafters, show us you have that quality at least.

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What could have been...
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Matthew Foster Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: N/A

Our brief flirtation with automatic promotion appeared over after defeat to Wigan, but Blackpool put the final nail in the coffin. With three straight defeats for the lads, we are at real risk of going into a tailspin, which is not something you want with the potluck of the play-offs on the horizon.

Hull could book an immediate return to the Championship with a win tonight, and in doing so, could potentially leave Peterborough needing only one further win to follow suit. My confidence of a Sunderland win has disappeared entirely, and I can quite honestly see us losing an unprecedented fourth League One defeat in a row.

But I’m holding on to the shred of hope that we can at least nip these defeats in the bud. And given we’ve cancelled each other out in 90 minutes on all three meetings so far, I’m going for another stalemate at the KCOM Stadium.

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Jack Howe-Gingell Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Bailey Wright

Another game slips away as the inevitable foghorn of the playoffs sound. Last time out we looked out of ideas, and despite Blackpool’s only breakthrough being caused by a goalkeeping error, it felt like we could have played for another 90 minutes and not scored.

The club and Lee Johnson need to consider how we use the remaining games we have left - we need to consolidate our position and end the season in the best form possible ahead of the play-offs. Arguably, it may be worth some small experimentation to get then most of our current squad.

Hull will be looking to confirm their automatic spot, with a win leaving us unable to catch them, so I’d expect them to at a minimum to not want to lose this one.

In reality, we could easily lose this one without much noise - we’re in dreadful form and have only scored twice in our last three. Thankfully, we looked a bit stronger at the back last time, though they will be tested more with the likes of Malik Wilks and Josh Magennis pressing.

Hopefully, we won’t embarrass ourselves and start to pick ourselves up. We desperately need to get our heads up and work towards being in the best position come the play-offs.

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Will Jones Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Charlie Wyke

After a better performance at the weekend I can see the team trying to figure it out. Against a team not on form we win. However I don’t see things changing with top two done. I see us trickling through the next two before getting into the grove before we attack the play offs.

I feel the squad need a rest. Mentally. But they do not have time. They need to be mentally stronger and fight for this shirt.

I see both teams fighting but nothing much happening. Just like the two fixtures we have played against them.

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Charlie Wyke
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Martin Wanless Predicts...

Score Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

The results might have gone against us in the last three games, but performances – bar our second half at Wigan – have been very similar to what went before. I feel we’re probably better equipped to take on the stronger teams in the division, and would not be surprised to see Maguire and Gooch recalled to the starting XI to freshen up the front four.

On that basis I’m going for Gooch to bag the opener, and for us to get on a good run for the play offs.

Mental? Maybe. But if we were in Hull’s position and vice versa, you know exactly how it would play out, don’t you?


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