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Score Predictions: What do you think the score will be when The Lads thrash it out with MK Dons?

What do you think the score will be in today’s game?

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Last time out...

Nobody saw Port Vale’s goal coming, and nobody saw Josh Hawkes getting the opener, so one point all around it is.

Current standings...

The awarding of a point all round means there’s no change to our current table.

How the points are awarded...

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...

MK Dons 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Lynden Gooch

Sunderland's season couldn't have started any better with two wins coming from the first two competitive games following an unbeaten pre-season campaign. I'm backing the lads to repeat last weekend's scoreline with a 2-1 away win this afternoon.

Lynden Gooch was the man of the match against Wigan, and came very close to scoring, so I'll take a punt on him to grab our opening goal.

Malcolm Dugdale says...

MK Dons 0-3 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

After a solid away win using much of our second string, and a very good showing for about 75 mins versus Wigan, I forecast a solid win for the lads down by my wife’s favourite IKEA depot.

Stewart’s ability to attack players (as Wyke never seemed to be able to) could well draw free kicks and maybe even spot kicks in good positions, and the vice captain is a strong favourite to convert either. They shipped a few in their opener so we need to attack what is presently an unsettled MK back line.

This will be my first live match of the season, and I’m really thrilled to see what Johnson and the squad can do, especially with one of our problem slots now filled by the promising young Cirkin. My guess is he will switch Neil to RB, slot Cirkin in at LB and play as we did last weekend elsewhere, but hopefully a clean sheet will prevail rather than an opportune goal for the opponents.

Momentum is now under way but it is important to maintain that, and to try to avoid unnecessary goals like this at Port Vale and Wigan. Every point counts, and 29 more wins is all we need, so let’s go again. Easy eh…

Port Vale v Sunderland - Carabao Cup First Round
Malcolm is backing Aiden McGeady to get us off the mark with a set-piece
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images,

Matthew Foster says...

MK Dons 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Without wanting to get too ahead of myself, two wins out of two is an ideal start and I’m hoping we can keep this winning feeling going and make it three in three.

Despite the departure of Russell Martin, Franchise FC will be no pushovers. They’ve made some decent acquisitions in the summer and were involved in a six-goal thriller against Bolton on the opening day.

I was a bit on the fence whether we would win or draw this, but I’m following my heart and backing another 2-1 victory, with Ross Stewart opening the scoring.

Jack Howe-Gingell says...

MK Dons 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

After a good win in the Carabao Cup, we’d back to League One action against a side who I believe will have top six ambitions this season. MK Dons have made some solid looking signings in the form of Mo Eisa, Troy Parrott and Scott Twine, and appear to be trying to improve what was already a decent footballing side.

This is countered though by the loss of two key figures: manager Russell Martin has since departed for Swansea and Scott Fraser has joined Ipswich, arguably one of the best players at this level. They will be very difficult to replace and it’ll be interesting to see the impact.

MK Dons will have been disappointed to have drawn their opening game, and 3 goals conceded shows me that they are vulnerable at the back. I think we will see this one through and get to three wins on the spin. The addition of Dennis Cirkin will surely boost our back line and expect Ross Stewart and co. to do the business.

Sunderland v Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One
Can Ross Stewart make it two in the first two League One fixtures of the season?
Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Will Jones says...

MK Dons 2-3 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

After another win midweek giving the youngsters and fringe players some well deserved minutes, we revert back to the league. With Russell Martin creating some absolute Milton Scenes by departing just prior to the start of the league campaign, I believe this may be the best time to play another one of the top teams in the league.

Another welcome boost will be an actual left back who could maybe get a start at the weekend. I believe their will be goals this Saturday, with MK conceding 8 in 2 competitive fixtures and us only having one senior full back, I believe it will be a very entertaining encounter but we will come out on top.

Martin Wanless says...

MK Dons 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Elliot Embleton

If 2-1’s the new 1-1, I’m going for the lads to notch their third in a row today in concrete city. We could be playing Will Grigg’s former fuel provider at the right time – they weren’t happy to lose Russell Martin to Swansea and a seemingly left-field choice new manager isn’t going to galvanise the support from day one.

We’ve started the season well, and the addition of Dennis Cirkin – who’ll presumably come straight in, especially if Winchester’s injured – will be welcome. After Tuesday’s League Cup win, I expect us to revert to something resembling the team that beat ‘Leapfrog FC’ and hopefully we produce more of the same.

The performance on Saturday was pleasing to watch, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this team develops over the coming weeks. I’m tipping Embleton to get on the scoresheet today – he threatened against Wigan and he’ll notch regularly if given the game time. Another three points in the bag please, and on we go.

Sunderland v Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One
Martin backs Elliot Embleton to open his tally for the season at MK Dons
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Chris Wynn says...

MK Dons 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

MK Dons were unfortunate to come away from Bolton with only a point last week and still look solid despite the late departure of Russell Martin to Swansea City.

Liam Manning has taken the hotseat at Stadium MK this week, leaving his post at Lommel SK in Belgium and it’s always tough to predict the impact of a new manager. Also, Sunderland haven’t won our opening three competitive fixtures of a season since 1925, so for that reason I’ll got for a score draw and Ross Stewart to continue where he left off.


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