Sunderland AFC news: Defensive dilemmas, bookies make Dick favourite, derby tickets on sale

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Defensive selection decisions for Dick Advocaat have provided the Sunderland talking points today.

Could Jack Rodwell provide the solution to Sunderland’s vulnerability at the back?

Many supporters have pondered that question after Rodwell played at centre-half as a teenager and Dick Advocaat admits he has pondered the question.

There will be one change in defence for this Saturday’s trip to Manchester United, with Advocaat confirming that Billy Jones will return to the starting XI.

However, with Patrick van Aanholt struggling to cut out the mistakes, Advocaat has not ruled out either Jones or new signing DeAndre Yedlin switching to left-back.

Meanwhile, the continued troubles for both Sunderland and Newcastle sees Advocaat and Magpies boss Steve McClaren leading the bookies race to be the first Premier League manager to leave their post this season.

Bookies William Hill have made Advocaat the 6/4 favourite to be the first to go, but McClaren and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers are not far behind at 2/1.

With Newcastle and Sunderland both struggling, next month’s Wear-Tyne derby could be a pivotal affair and tickets are now on sale for the October 25 clash.