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Score Predictions: Are we backing the Lads to make it six out of six at the Stadium of Light?

It was victory via the only goal of the game on Saturday - are backing it to be more comfortable against Cheltenham Town tonight?!

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Phil Butler says...

Sunderland 3-0 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Sunderland 3-0 Cheltenham

In truth, I'm fully expecting Sunderland to have one clinical game where we score a handful and have the game sewn up by half time. Tonight's opponents could be the side that is on the receiving end of such a drubbing.

There may be a couple of changes with Cirkin and Doyle both going off injured on Saturday, but as the quality of opposition decreases, our level of performance can hopefully do the opposite, meaning it'll be a comfortable night for Lee Johnson's men.

Malcolm Dugdale says...

Sunderland 4-0 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I’m predicting this game to be the one where we not only get 3 points, but where we do so in an exciting and aggressive manner.

Even in the 1-0 win over Bolton, we had chances to score a few more. There has to be a time when we take on a team who are on the back foot due to a few key players not making the team, and we put them to the sword, and this could well be it.

In contrast to that expectation, Cheltenham will be over the moon to be playing somewhere like our gaff, so they could well park the bus hoping for a point. They have also beaten Ipswich and Oxford at home, and Charlton away, 3 teams who many would have put in the top 8 at the start of the season, so if they turn up and have a go we may struggle to keep a clean sheet.

A win for sure for me, and hopefully a statement result.

Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League One
Ross Stewart
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Matthew Foster says...

Sunderland 4-1 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Tonight's game presents a chance to win six league games at home in a row, for the first time since our 2004/05 promotion season. And with the greatest of respects to tonight's visitors, Cheltenham are a side we should be expecting to beat.

Cirkin will certainly be a miss after Saturday's injury, but we have plenty of options to fall back on. I can't back anything other than another home win for the lads, and a handsome one at that, with Ross Stewart bagging the first.

Jack Howe-Gingell says...

Sunderland 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Elliot Embleton

The Stadium of Light is quickly becoming a fortress and we need to keep it up. Patchy home form in previous seasons has been a major issue, and I’m glad we’re addressing it this campaign.

Cheltenham are a steady enough side but are hampered with injuries affecting their star players both offensively and defensively. We must capitalise on this. I’d love us to go and really put them to the sword but think a more conservative scoreline, with a dominant performance is the most likely outcome.

Sunderland v Wycombe Wanderers - Sky Bet League One
Only Jack is backing Elliot Embleton to open the scoring
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Will Jones says...

Sunderland 3-1 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I fully believe we will keep this 100% record at home going emphatically. A bit of rotation won’t be a surprise but I feel we can seamlessly slip players in and out of this squad and still get the required result.

Cheltenham are still a decent side at this level, however at home I feel we are formidable and are going from strength to strength. I expect us to push that gap on the mid-table by that extra little bit on Tuesday and the table to look even healthier than it already does.

Martin Wanless says...

Sunderland 3-0 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I’m expecting us to win and win well against Cheltenham - and after a quiet game on Saturday I’m hoping Ross Stewart will get us off to a flyer.

The team selection is going to be interesting - will McGeady play 3 games in a week? Will Pritchard get another chance to impress? Will we get to see Broadhead or Dajaku from the start?

Either way, we’ve got a lot of attacking options, and Lee Johnson will keep tweaking things until our attack is truly firing.

Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League One
Can Winchester do it again?
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Chris Wynn says...

Sunderland 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I could have just copied and pasted my prediction for Bolton at the weekend.

It’s the second time we play a newly promoted side at home in the space of four days and although Saturday wasn’t as comfortable as we’d like, I think we’ll learn from it and we will see a routine win tonight without too much drama.


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