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Score Predictions: How do we think the Lads will get on today at Fleetwood Town?

We’ve never won at Fleetwood Town in League One, so why are we all predicting a Sunderland win at Highbury this afternoon?! Let us know how you think we’ll get on!

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Last time out...

Everyone picked up a point for the victory as nobody called the scoreline at 2-1. Martin gained a point on the rest though for picking up an extra well-earned point for correctly predicting Dan Neil would score our first.

Current standings...

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...

Fleetwood Town 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Elliot Embleton

It's hard to bet against the Lads at the moment, with Lee Johnson's side flying high at the top of League One. Fleetwood were one of the stronger sides in the division in our first couple of seasons at this level, but struggled last season and look set to be way off the promotion race again this year.

Games against anyone in the bottom half must be three points for a side with title aspirations, so I think Elliot Embleton will fire his side to a comfortable and routine 2-0 win.

Malcolm Dugdale says...

Fleetwood Town 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Aiden McGeady

I think this will be a close game or we will hammer them, but either way, we’ll get all three points.

Though the Cod Army picked up form after a poor start of 4 straight losses, we shouldn’t forget it’s still Simon Grayson who is currently in charge at Fleetwood, and we’d expect Lee Johnson to get the better of his opposite number.

I am backing Geads to have a decent game, and possibly to take a penalty that a number of our XI could win for us with our current swagger we have at that end of the pitch.

McGeady isn’t as integral to our success as he was last season, which is good for the team as a whole. After his assist for the winner last time out, I am hoping he can enforce his class on this opponent and get us another hoodoo win out of the way.

Sunderland v Accrington Stanley - Sky Bet League One
Is McGeady due a goal this weekend?
Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Matthew Foster says...

Fleetwood Town 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Fleetwood had a bad start to this season but have now gone three unbeaten, including an impressive 4-2 victory over promotion favourites Rotherham last week. And whilst I feel this could be a tricky game – combined with our failure to win in our four trips to Highbury Stadium – I can’t help but back another Sunderland win.

Maybe I’m being swept away with the positivity currently oozing from the club, but there’s undeniably a different feel to this side, and the desire and depth we have will bag another three points today

Jack Howe-Gingell says...

Fleetwood Town 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

A weird little bogey team that I’d like us to banish, seemingly perpetrated by Joey Barton’s ego and an ex-manager. After a tough start, Fleetwood have found a modicum of form and must have something to have scored four past Rotherham, with Callum Camps being a usual threat.

Play like we have been and we’ll sweep them aside. The absence of Tom Flanagan is a concern but I’m sure we‘ll see it through.

Sunderland v Accrington Stanley - Sky Bet League One
Tom Flanagan’s absence at the back is a potential issue this afternoon
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Will Jones says...

Fleetwood Town 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Top of the league and flying high. I believe we can beat anybody. With Fleetwood on form and unbeaten in 4 games, I believe seeing Grayson again will be just as hard as last week. Another full week off is one we need to use to the fullest. The team seem well gelled and everyone is coming into their own.

I never thought I’d ever say this but I’m sad to see no Flano this weekend. However, being able to put in bailey Wright (I don’t think Alves will be ready for a tight affair on a small pitch) is the sign of a great squad.

I’m ready for us to beat another dosser team in this league and as long as I don’t have to hear Captain Pugwash when I watch Quest come Saturday evening, I’ll be very happy.

Martin Wanless says...

Fleetwood Town 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Elliot Embleton

Fleetwood have had a pretty ropey start to the season, but stuffed Rotherham in South Yorkshire last time out, so certainly can’t be underestimated. We’ve not won in the league at ‘Highbury’ (inverted commas very deliberate) so it’s time to put that crap record to bed.

I have that (deeply concerning) feeling that we can simply beat anyone in this league at present, and while that’s likely to come back and bite me on the arse sooner rather than later, I think we’ll get all three points on Saturday.

Sunderland v Accrington Stanley - Sky Bet League One
Will it be Elliot Embleton who sets us on our way at Fleetwood this afternoon?
Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Chris Wynn says...

Fleetwood Town 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

It’s got the hallmarks of a tough game today. We haven’t been all that successful at Fleetwood in recent years and although Joey Barton is no longer in charge, we have Simon Grayson who will no doubt be looking to put one over on us.

Having said that, I just think we’re on a different level this season and it’s all about our mentality. If we’re on it then we’ll get three points.

If you’ve not caught our preview pod this week, tune in to hear Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley’s thoughts ahead of the clash.

Also, don’t miss the rest of our Fleetwood v Sunderland pre-match coverage:

Match preview
Interview with Fleetwood fan Knappers
Predicted starting XI
Fleetwood is a test – it’s time for Sunderland to dig in


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