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Score Predictions: Leeds Utd next at home - can SAFC add another three points?

The Lads triumphed with a superior second half on Saturday against The Baggies. Leeds are arguably another step up, but will our Predictions lads back a double-W?

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Sunderland had a game of two halves in the early kick off last Saturday, but happily for us, our second half was a great step up from the first.

While I never felt we were going to lose the game, after a valid goal being ruled out in the first half and a penalty shout being declined too, followed by us once again hitting the post at the other end, I was worried we may once again fall just short of taking all the points on offer.

Thankfully, just into the final quarter of the game a great set piece cross from Alex Pritchard was converted at the front post by big Dan Ballard, giving us a late but very deserved lead.

Fifteen minutes later, our superior determination to pounce on any minor opportunities led to Pritchard once again beautifully feeding an attacker in Dan Neil, whose sublime and calm finish capped off the second and conclusive goal.

We let in a bit of a disappointing consolation goal a few minutes after Dan’s deft demonstration of finishing, but we held on well for all three points, climbing back into the playoff places thanks to others around us not doing as well as they may.

Tonight, we take on Leeds United who are another team who will present a strong challenge to our aims to continue to gather points while we await the arrival of our new head coach. The tweaks made by Mike Dodds to turn our performance around at the weekend will hopefully aid his setup to take on Leeds from the first whistle, although if Jobe’s perfectly valid goal had been allowed, we may well have kicked on from there and not needed those adjustments.

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Leeds are unbeaten in the last 7 games, with their last loss being away to now manager-less Stoke in late October. We are going to need all the lads to be on their best performance and concentration levels to get a win from this.

Hopefully Doddsy can do it again, as two wins from these two fixtures would be a great haul to take forward and to hand over to the new Boss, who surely should be with us before the next game, away in Bristol at the weekend.

The Predictions group had quite low expectations for the Baggies game, which wasnt a surprise after the games that saw the exit of Tony Mowbray. Thankfully most of us were wrong, as points in the championship are very happily swapped for points in this game.

Only Jack had the kahunas to back the lads for a win, but he failed to call the right score so only gets a point.

Dan Ballard rising like a salmon to score at the front post first for SAFC put paid to all the first scorer predictions too, so a low points return for the team, happily accepted by all.

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The pessimism and coupled with a very unexpected first scorer results in very little change in the overall table, with Martin hauled back by one point by Jack, and everyone else staying as was.

League 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 (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: Sunderland 1 Leeds Utd 0

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

We did really well limiting West Brom. in terms of decent chance creation at the weekend, and I am hopeful we can do that again at home to Leeds.

If anyone scores for us it will be Clarke - he terrorised the right back against The Baggies, and with Roberts having a decent game on the other side too, it was harder to mark Jack out of the game and not allow more space for Roberts, which is how we need to be - threats on both sides mean both have to be focused on, leaving room in the middle for attacking midfielders and strikers too.

As it turned out we scored through a defender and a midfielder, but I expect this to be very tight with one goal being the difference, ideally to us.

Come on lads. It’s the dirty Leeds. We can do this.

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Matty Foster predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 Leeds Utd 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

It was such a relief to win on Saturday and clamber back into the play-off places.

We face a huge test tonight against a Leeds side in fine form.

They’ve lost only three times this season, all away from home.

However, their last defeat was back in late October, and they’ve since won six out of seven games.

The optimistic Sunderland fan in me says we can win this.

But given the strength of the opposition, I’ll err on the side of caution and back a score draw.

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Bomber Davies predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 Leeds Utd 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jobe

Having been sampling Christmas, Wëißbier and Brätwurst in Berlin at the weekend, I wasn’t witness to the performance in a post-Mowbray world… but the result alone gives me a lot more hope of getting something out of the game than I had before jetting off to the continent.

That said, Leicester and Leeds are a different animal to anyone else in this league.

Having delivered result after result in the autumn, Leeds arrive into the Holiday season having only lost once since the beginning of October.

But, ever the optimist, I’m going to go for a score draw in a massive fixture that has been a long, long time overdue for all fans involved.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 Leeds Utd 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

We played really well on Saturday and could have won more convincingly - thanks Lino - against a good team.

We’re facing another good one tonight, but hopefully we’ll produce a similar display, and get another three points. If we do, it sets it up nicely for the new head coach. Jack Clarke to get the first against his old club, and the lads to get a good 3 points.

Haway the lads!

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Will Jones predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 Leeds Utd 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

With Doddsy at the helm, anything is possible.

We are playing one of the form teams in the league and Leeds, playing a similar style of football to us, will be an entertaining game for the neutral.

I really toyed with how I think this one will go, but I think we will take a draw and move on, looking at a new year and into a hectic Christmas period.

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 Leeds Utd 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

It feels like an eternity since we last played Leeds, and it is a fixture I’m looking forward to but make no bones about it, this will be a tough game.

Leeds haven’t lost a game since October, and will be a threat. A positive note is that all their losses this season have come away from Elland Road and two of those games were against dismal Stoke and Birmingham, so they do have susceptibility.

Hopefully we can ride the wave of a solid win at the weekend, and give Leeds something to think about. We always seem to give a good account against sides that come to play, and I think this will be little different.

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