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Score Predictions: Can Sunderland overcome the Baggies under Doddsy?

The away game to Millwall was too much of a poor show for Tony to keep his role. How will Mike Dodds and the squad respond to our coach churn at home to West Brom today?

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After scrambling a 1-1 draw away at Millwall despite not playing very well, many thought Tony Mowbray may have done enough to hold onto his Boss designer gilet and the honour of being our boss for a little longer. Sadly for our old gaffer that was not to be, and the club and Tony parted ways earlier this week.

The performance at The Den was pretty flat and dour to watch, and the goal we did get was arguably not a valid penalty. We have had our fair share of decent penna shouts declined this season, so we will obviously take the point and hopefully can move forward with Mike Dodds and the team while the appointment of our new head coach is finalised.

I think it is fair to say the majority of the lads at Roker Report would thank big Tony for some cracking memories and for all his hard work developing and growing our young squad, and we certainly wish him well with future endeavours.

Millwall v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Dylan Hepworth/MB Media/Getty Images

Today, we face West Brom at home in an early kick off under the tutelage of our man Doddsy, and it will be interesting to see how the lads do.

This was always going to be a challenging game even if we were in good form under our old head coach - the Baggies are sitting 5th in the table and have won three of their last five, losing the other two to Southampton and Leicester, two teams in strong form. Those wins included a strong 2-0 win against Ipswich at the end of last month, so they seem to be performing pretty well against some decent sides.

Carlos Corberan has these lads playing some good footy, so we will really have to be on it to get something from this one.

West Bromwich Albion Training Session Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

The Predictions collective were a little reserved last game, understandably so after the way we played ahead of the trip to London.

Martin scored a perfect 4 points for calling the right result and scorer, and Bomber wasn’t far behind him with three points for foreseeing the draw but not calling the one who got the ball over the line for us.

Martin builds on his lead at the top of our little league thanks to his max points haul, and Bomber closes in on the rest of the lads from the other end.

Everyone apart from Malc got at least one point, meaning the Predictions Page gaffer and a couple of the others are now all well in Bombers sights, but some way off the league leader.

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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 0 West Brom 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: No scorer.

The last time we changed gaffers, we were a shambles. I was at that game, and am attending today too - maybe I should have stayed at home in the Midlands and not risked history repeating itself just for me.

While I really hope we do not have a similar run under Dodds as last time, I don't think we will have enough to turn things around today. The Baggies are playing some good footy and scoring goals (8 in the last 5 games). We are leaking at the back and cannot find a winning formula up front.

Hopefully we can keep the score respectable and worst case lose by the odd goal. Maybe we can nick a draw or a win, but the departure of the Revel-eating rogue will I think cost us a few points this month.

Prove me wrong lads, I hardly ever back against us and I am very happy to be wrong.

Sunderland v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Matty Foster predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 West Brom 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Managerless (at the time of writing) and winless in three, we could do with a morale-boosting win today.

Do I see that happening today? Sadly not.

West Brom have picked up some decent wins of late, including a win against second place Ipswich.

If it wasn’t for the questionable decision to commit men forward late on when level against Leicester, they’d have secured four points against the top two.

I’m trying to not be too downbeat, so I’ll back a draw in the hope we can snatch something

Millwall v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Dylan Hepworth/MB Media/Getty Images

Bomber Davies predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 West Brom 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Dan Neil

I’ll be in Germany for this game, so probably won't see it, but I am hopeful we can nick a draw as we rebuild and wait for the new gaffer to be awarded his Boss garments.

Dan Neil needs to score more and may well pop up with something from the edge of the box to get us a share of the points. I hope so.

Fingers crossed.

Millwall v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Dylan Hepworth/MB Media/Getty Images

Martin Wanless predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 West Brom 3

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

At the time of writing, we have no head coach and even if we do appoint one, he won’t have had much time at all to do anything different.

Confidence is down, and West Brom are the type of team we struggle against.

They’ll let us have possession, defend well and break well.

Unfortunately, I don’t see us getting anything out of this one.

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Will Jones predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1 West Brom 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Well well well, what a strange week.

The lads are about to undergo a new era and in the meantime, we need to stem the shit results.

Let’s be honest, the last time Doddsy took charge it didn’t end well, but maybe this time will be different?

I am not expecting much, and hope the exiled lads show a bit more drive and determination as I am sure whoever wants the role full time will be watching on…

Sunderland v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Robert Smith/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2 West Brom 0

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

I remember fondly another game against West Brom when we were managerless in the Championship, albeit with Roy Keane watching on, so I’m going to go for the same scoreline. Who knows, maybe the next man will be watching again?

The removal Tony Mowbray whilst perhaps a surprise to some, is nothing of the sort to me. He has been in decline all season, and his lack of tactics have somehow even surpassed previous standards.

I’m not sure what much will change whilst we are without someone officially in charge, but I’m backing us for a home win and hope that the players lead from the front.

Sunderland vs Huddersfield Town Sky Bet Championship Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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