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Score Predictions: How will Sunderland fare against Ipswich tonight?

Kieran McKenna’s team enjoyed a good start to the season, but have faltered a little recently. The RR predictions team offer their thoughts on how the game will pan out

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Sadly, Sunderland fell to a disappointing 0-3 loss last weekend in the first derby for almost a decade. Well done to New-Saudi Arabia Utd for ‘one in a row’.

Admittedly, we were far from our best and we seemed to lack the passion and physicality these games demand.

It certainly didn’t help that all three goals were contributed to by Sunderland players, as an own goal from Dan Ballard and an error from Pierre Ekwah gave the visitors two big breaks before a late penalty sealed the victory.

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On the positive side, the Stadium of Light was full and bouncing, and the atmosphere ahead of the game was great for everyone to be part of.

The next time our paths cross, hopefully we’ll be on more of an even keel in terms of league position, and we can use the defeat to spur us on for the remainder of the Championship campaign.

Naturally, the Roker Report predictions team were never going to predict anything other than a win or a draw for the Lads, hence points were pretty thin on the ground.

With no points gained by the RR lads, the table remains unchanged as we prepare for the trip to Ipswich.

Although they’ve had a cracking season so far, this is arguably a good time to play them, because other than a victory in the FA Cup, Ipswich haven’t won at home or away for a month.

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They did beat both Watford and Middlesbrough away from home around that time, but since then, they’ve only taken four points from five games, with a 4-0 thumping away at Leeds on December 23 spoiling many Christmas weekends.

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So, the league resumes and the Lads are unbeaten in three games, taking seven points from the last available nine, so who knows which way this one might go!


How the points are awarded:

Just a quick reminder of 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: Ipswich Town 1 Sunderland 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Nazariy Rusyn

I can see this being a good game for the neutral, as both Ipswich and Sunderland like to take the game to an opponent, especially if the ‘parking of buses’ isn’t part of the plan.

Given the comparative form during recent games, it makes sense that the away side with stronger league form may be more attack-minded today. That said, Ipswich are still in the cup and we went out to Newcastle, so that could be a mental factor in many ways - positive and otherwise.

Nazariy Rusyn ran his legs off against the Mags and has to retain his starting berth to have a chance of continue his scoring streak, and I’m backing him to bag one today.

I’m not sure we can keep them out for the whole game, but I’m hopeful that we can bounce back, take all three points and pick up where we left off, which was a very convincing win over Preston.

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Matty Foster predicts...

Score prediction: Ipswich Town 2 Sunderland 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jack Clarke

Ipswich come into this fixture winless in five, but only one of those has ended in defeat and over the course of the full season, they’ve only lost on three occasions!

However, the gap between second and third has closed to a meagre three points and Kieran McKenna will be hoping that his charges can get back to winning ways.

From a red and white perspective, our league form has picked up since the defeats to Bristol City and Coventry City, but given the home form of the Tractor Boys, I can’t see past another defeat today.

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Bomber Davies predicts...

Score prediction: Ipswich Town 1 Sunderland 3

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Alex Pritchard

To say Ipswich were out of form would appear quite ridiculous given that they’ve only lost once in their last nine games. However, since beating Watford on December 12, they’ve also failed to win any of their following five league games.

A 2-2 draw in the ‘Old Farm’ derby was followed by a thumping at Elland Road and all of a sudden, it appears as though their confidence has fallen and they can’t really buy a goal or anything more than a point.

As for the Lads, although our FA Cup exit was incredibly deflating and disappointing, I have a feeling that it’ll have a positive effect on the players and could end up being the moment that galvanised a squad looking to get back in the groove.

As always, it could be anything with Sunderland, but I think (I hope) it could be just the catalyst we need to go on a run, starting at Portman Road.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score prediction: Ipswich 3 Sunderland 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Alex Pritchard

After our woeful display at the weekend, this is another huge test against a side who are flying high.

Unfortunately, I don’t see us getting anything here.

They’re in excellent form across this season and I think we’ll try to keep things tight at the back, and fail.

I hope I’m wrong!

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Will Jones predicts...

Score prediction: Ipswich 1 Sunderland 2

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jobe

Having had a hard run of fixtures where it feels as though we haven’t created a lot, I have a feeling this is also going to be a game of few chances.

Ipswich are now conceding goals (at a higher rate than before, anyway) and I believe we can show them how clinical we can be, in return for what happened on the opening day.

I’m hoping for a real tactical battle in which Michael Beale shows his true worth and demonstrates why he was the one chosen to take us to the next level.

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score prediction: Ipswich 1 Sunderland 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jack Clarke

This’ll be a tough game, with Ipswich enjoying a great season so far, and despite a slight downturn in their recent form, they haven’t lost many games.

They’re an odd side in the respect that their games always seem feature goals with only Leicester outscoring them. On the other hand, they have the worst ‘goals conceded’ record in the top six.

I’m hoping we’ll be able to capitalise on their recent drop off and at least come away with a decent point.

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