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Score Predictions: Will Sunderland get finally back to winning ways this afternoon?

It’s been a disastrous few weeks... surely 3 points are a must today?

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Last time out...

Our podcast interview supremo Chris Wynn was the only one to register a point last week, correctly forecasting Alex Pritchard to open the SAFC goalscoring. Of course, given we all went for wins – again – there were zero points for any of us for correctly predicting the scoreline – or even correctly predicting the outcome.

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...

Malc missed the deadline this week, so he’ll get a no-show penalty, which will be decided at an independent hearing scheduled for Monday morning.

Matthew Foster says...

Sunderland 2-2 MK Dons

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

Just two points separate us from dropping out of the play-offs, which is a sorry state of affairs from our position at the start of January.

MK Dons have in fact jumped above us in the league into third, but even they look a mile off the top two, as it looks increasingly that Rotherham and Wigan will fight for top spot.

Alex Neil has inherited a squad and a club in a really bad place both on and off the pitch, and he’ll have a tough task turning it around.

Another draw sadly for me today, but hopefully the lads can prove me wrong.

Cheltenham Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Jack Howe-Gingell says...

Sunderland 2-1 MK Dons

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Alex Pritchard

After an uninspiring draw last week, at least we broke the run of losses and Neil will have had a full week with the lads.

We need to try and get back on track and a match against playoff hopefuls MK Dons will be tough.

Scott Twine will be a major threat and we will need to be resilient - our defence has looked feeble and it’s time they stood up to be counted.

Bailey Wright’s return provided something extra and, hopefully, he can bring this again.

A narrowly edged win after a few tumultuous weeks supporting Sunderland, but what else is new?

Will Jones says...

Sunderland 1-1 MK Dons

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jack Clarke

“The rot has stopped” claimed Alex Pritchard. Has it? This “rot” has seen taking 1 point from a possible 9 against dreadful teams and a 6-0 loss prior to that.

I believe a big game is what we need, a week’s rest, some fu*king coaching with new ideas and someone to grab them by the balls.

MK are one of the best travelling teams in the league and will be hard to beat. I think we will have a chance to do so, but not take it.

A point apiece for me.

Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Martin Wanless says...

Sunderland 3-2 MK Dons

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Ross Stewart

I think there’ll be goals in this game, given our lack of defenders! Ross Stewart’s been going through a lean spell, so I’m predicting him to net the first for us in a needlessly-nervous game. Given we can’t defend for toffee, I think it’ll be end to end and I just hope we’ll come out on top.

Cheltenham Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Chris Wynn says...

Sunderland 1-0 MK Dons

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jack Clarke

Last week wasn’t pretty, and I’m not expecting this to be much different. MK Dons are a very good League One side, and it’ll be a tough encounter this afternoon. More out of hope than expectation, I’m going for a 1-0 win to see Alex Neil’s first home game end in a positive outcome, if not a great deal of style.


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