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Score Predictions: Hull at home - can we reverse recent fortunes?

Sunderland gave away points from a leading position for the first time against Ipswich. Our predictions lads consider our chances at home to Hull tonight, on Sky (again).

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Sunderland came away from Portman Road empty handed last weekend, despite playing pretty well at times and taking the lead in the first half, after a great finish from top scorer Jack Clarke.

Ipswich equalised through Kayden Jackson before the break, after a very fortunate ball squirmed through our defensive lines to be well finished past Patterson.

We then went behind in the second half after giving away a wide set piece down the side of our 18 yard box, which was probably unnecessary to give to Ipswich. Not sure how, but the cross was headed home by one of the smallest blokes on the pitch, and we ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss.

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There was a mix of predictions from the RR team for this one, with three of the lads going for the away win, two for a home win, and one a draw.

Matty did best, while deeply regretting his accuracy, forecasting both a 2-1 win for the hosts and a first goal by Clarke, for a max of 4 points. Martin also got a point for foreseeing a loss for the lads. Jack got a consolation point for backing Clarke to notch again, while the rest of the lads came away with the same points as SAFC. None.

In Will’s case, given he failed to make the submissions on time for the Hull game tonight, he lost a couple of points for his tardy time keeping to add salt to his wounds.

For tonight’s game at home to Hull, the fans better wrap up well as the polar winds are set to make it a very cold evening, whatever happens on the pitch.

Hull haven't won away since they nicked a 2-1 victory against the smogs down on Teeside over a month ago, and they will be keen to prevent us doing the double on them after losing to us in a tight game on Boxing Day, where that man Jack Clarke nicked all three points for us with a goal in the last ten minutes.

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The predictions points from the loss at Portman Road don't make a lot of difference to the table, though with his perfect 4 pointer and the yellow card 2 point deduction for Will, Matty moves up the table a bit.

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With a loss against the Mags and then a loss from a winning position at Ipswich, Beale and the team really need to step up and stamp their dominance at home tonight.

The fans will need something to keep them warm - three points will do.

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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: Sunderland 3 Hull 0

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Hull are in a bit of a rut and we need to bounce back from a couple of poor games (one in the cup) and a couple of results we would rather forget.

I’d take a point if I had to, to start to even our keel a little, but we are at home and surely are due a decent result after some pretty flat and challenging football to watch, which is something Mike Beale will not want to be associated with his name as our fresh new coach.

Clarke won the game for us at their place as we sat with stomachs still full of turkey and treats, so I am backing him to open the scoring, maybe with another assist from the newly confident Ba, in a game which I want to see us score early in and dominate, more like the Preston game than the Ipswich one.

Come on lads, the run in starts here.

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Matty Foster predicts...

Score prediction: Sunderland 2 Hull 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Jobe

It’s perhaps an ideal time to face Hull City, with the Tigers having struggled for form in recent weeks, with only one win in five.

On top of that, they were faced with an FA Cup replay midweek, which they in turn lost to Tony Mowbray’s new side Birmingham.

Our last game against Ipswich was a disappointing defeat, with their second goal being frustratingly avoidable.

It’ll be a bitterly cold one tonight, and I’m hopeful the lads can make it worthwhile for the fans freezing in the stands.

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Bomber Davies predicts...

Score prediction: Sunderland 1 Hull 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Neil

My mood when it comes to Sunderland hasn’t yo-yo’d up-and-down this much in I don’t know how long. Just when we put a couple of decent results together and I think we’re back on track, we throw in an abject performance and a disappointing result or two and I’m left wondering where the next win is going to come from.

There’s no doubt we are a decent team but so are Hull, and though they’ve only won once since we beat them on boxing day, our form isn’t really any better.

That said we’re back at home and more than ever the team needs support and encouragement, not outrage, overreaction and fume.

Dan Neil issued the rallying cry this week on the socials, and I’m backing him to score the Sunderland goal in a tightly contested affair with the spoils shared come full-time.

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Martin Wanless predicts...

Score prediction: Sunderland 2 Hull 0

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

We should have won on Saturday, and it was poor management that ended up with the game finishing in defeat.

Dropping Rusyn was just barmy, and hopefully he’ll be back tonight.

Hull are having a decent season but aren’t in the best of recent form, so I am hopeful of us getting all three points tonight.

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First scorer? Jack Clarke. Who else?!


Will Jones predicts...

Score prediction: Sunderland 3 Hull 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

Despite some poor form and some bad statistics backing our recent games, I believe we can take advantage of a Hull side in a bad run of form.

Hull are a very good team in their own right, and with the addition of Carvalho, they could be and should be a real threat.

I believe we have it in us to win this and get back to our form earlier in the season.

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Jack Howe-Gingell predicts...

Score prediction: Sunderland 2 Hull 1

Sunderland’s first goalscorer: Clarke

This could be a battle for two sides likely vying for the final playoff place. I have this feeling that the top 4-5 will become a closed shop and the 6th spot will become coveted by several teams.

Hull are a decent side hence their similar position to us in the league, but clearly suffer in the same way we do in terms of inconsistency.

We need to get back to winning ways at home, after missing a great chance to get a result away at Ipswich, and I think we’ll do that.

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