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Score Predictions: What will the score be when Sunderland take on Plymouth?

How will Sunderland get on against Plymouth at Home Park today? Here’s what our Predictions team think…

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After yet another long wait, EFL football is back today!

Everyone at Roker Report and around the wider fan base will no doubt be pleased to see it return, especially after we managed a decent win at home to Birmingham City before the two-week pause.

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With goals from Jobe (who muted his celebrations, as we expected he would) and Adil Aouchiche, which were scored either side of an own goal from our old boy Dion Sanderson, we took three goals and all three points.

Our late late stand-in defender Nectar Triantis was desperate to claim the own goal, and probably still is. While it is clear the goal would not have happened without his contribution, it’s pretty clear who had the last touch.

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There were times our reconfigured defence struggled, and the goal we let in was indicative of the communications challenges that arise from such forced change, but after a very frustrating game at Swansea getting all three points in any way was the priority. Many feel we did that without really playing as well as we can.

The predictions team were quite positive for Rooney’s visit, with only Matty F drawing a blank in terms of points, by calling a draw and a Naz Rusyn first score. But for the post, he would have had a point.

Everyone else got a point for the win. Will and Bomber got an extra one for Jobe notching first, and Jack got three from the four available points for an exact score call, but a wrong first scorer.

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Martin’s lead is now five points from Jack, with Malc and Will in double figures and Matty not far off.

Bomber continues to prop up the league, which sort of makes sense since he is the most southern-based member of the RR Predictions team.


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 (no goal scorer is a valid call)
  • Possible deductions for being lazy and not submitting on time = 2 point deduction

Malc Dugdale predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 0 Sunderland 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Isn’t it great to have footy back?

The partner of one of my daughters is an Argyle fan, so the least we need is a draw to prevent me getting flack for the rest of the season, or at least till we play them again on Wearside.

On paper, we should have more than enough for these, and given the fact they have let about a dozen goals in at home this season (excluding the four they let in against Palace in the cup), a goal threat like ours has a great chance of thriving.

Our defence should have Luke O’Nien back, and though he isn’t a tower of a man in physical stature, his leadership back in the side and him playing alongside young Seelt, who did well two weeks ago, will hopefully be enough to keep the Green Army at bay. I don't think we will risk Ballard, and with the lads stepping up as they did at home, we probably don't need to.

We have a few winnable games between now and the arguably more challenging game at home to Leeds in just over two weeks, so let’s get the job done and take all three points to keep our momentum up.

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Matty Foster predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1 Sunderland 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Rusyn

It feels like months ago that we beat Birmingham, and I’ve missed the buzz of watching this Sunderland side.

Today, we make the longest away trip to Home Park, hoping to pick up where we left off.

Plymouth’s home form is considerably better than their away form, with all four of their victories coming on home soil.

It ultimately will be what saves them from an immediate return to League One.

I expect a tough game, but will back the lads to continue our improved form with a 2-1 win.

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Bomber Davies predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1 Sunderland 3

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Domestic football is back – hurrah!

On paper, this game should play right into our hands. Plymouth are the home team so will feel a little more obliged to be positive with the ball and attack us – which should make them easier to pick off and counter against.

This, combined with a leaky backline that concedes chances (21 in their last three games) and goals (10 in the last three games), should point to shots and goals aplenty for the lads and, thus a comfortable victory.

I’m not 100% convinced we’ll have rectified the defensive frailties of the last few matches, so I’m also going to back Plymouth for a consolation goal – especially as they have scored three times in both of their last two home ties.

Jack Clarke hasn’t scored in open play for a calendar month. One is long overdue, so that’s what I’ll be banking on for the first goalscorer.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1 Sunderland 3

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Rusyn

After a good win against Birmingham, it’s important to follow it up with a positive result at Home Park.

Plymouth have lost 3 of their eight home games, so hopefully, we can go there and get 3 points.

I’m going for Rusyn again to get the first goal - he’s getting closer and closer and is due one now. He’s playing well, giving us an extra dimension up front and hopefully, the goals will follow.

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Will Jones predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1 Sunderland 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Roberts

Finally, the international breaks are over, and we now have uninterrupted football for a good while!

Off the back of 7 points from the last three, the lads are slowly but surely getting the points we needed to have a steady push toward the playoffs.

Home Park is not a nice place to go and will be an extremely tight affair. I hope we can grab an early goal and make the game as open as possible, where we thrive the most.

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1 Sunderland 4

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Grinding out a solid win with two new centre-backs is something to be commended, and I’m delighted for all the lads involved.

We’re likely to need one of them again if reports about Ballard’s fitness are to be believed, so it’s great they have already cut their teeth and will be ready to go again.

Plymouth is a long trip, and they are naturally better at home, despite their lowly position, so will need to be managed well. Realistically, however, we should have too much for them and I hope we’ll see that.

I feel our strikers are getting closer, with Rusyn hitting the post and John Ruddy’s face denying an electric-looking Elizer Mayenda strike. It’s the key to upping our form overall, and I hope it will start on Saturday.

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