Phil Parkinson reacts as Sunderland beat Oxford United 1-0 thanks to Jordan Willis' early header
Sunderland AFC head to Oxford United as they look to continue their fine form of late – and we’ve got you covered with the latest updates throughout the afternoon.
Back-to-back wins in League One have thrust the Black Cats back into the thick of the promotion race, but can they continue their run of results at the Kassam Stadium?
We’ll be bringing you team news, action, analysis, reaction and more throughout the afternoon – so simply scroll down for the latest:
FT: Oxford United 0 Sunderland AFC 1 (Willis, 2) Cats wins again!
Last updated: Saturday, 15 February, 2020, 15:03
- Sunderland travel to the Kassam Stadium looking to build on back-to-back home wins.
- SAFC: J McLaughlin, Willis, Wright, Flanagan, O’Nien, Dobson, Power (C), Hume, Maguire, Wyke, Gooch
- SAFC subs: Burge, C McLaughlin, Watmore, Scowen, Ozturk, Lafferty, Semenyo.
- Oxford: Eastwood, Ruffels, Dickie, Moore, Brannagan, Taylor, Forde, Mousinho (C), Henry, Sykes, Agyei.
- Oxford subs: Stevens, Long, Mackie, Hanson, Thorne, Holland, Browne.
- Storm Dennis is set to descend on Oxfordshire later today - with a number of EFL fixtures already called off.
And welcome to our live blog as Sunderland head to Oxford United in League One.
Phil Smith and Richard Mennear will be bringing you all the latest action, reaction and analysis from the Kassam Stadium throughout the afternoon.
What's the latest Sunderland AFC injury news?
Phil Parkinson expects Chris Maguire to be fit for the clash with Oxford United this weekend, and hopes that Joel Lynch could return to full training next week.
Maguire came off midway through the second half of the 3-0 win over Rochdale on Tuesday night, having played a part in all three goals.
The attacking midfielder looked to be in pain but afterwards assistant Steve Parkin said it appeared to be nothing major.
Parkinson echoed that and said the 31-year-old looked to be much better when he returned to the Academy of Light on Wednesday.
Weather warning in place, but will the game fall victim?
Storm Dennis is set to hit Oxford around Noon, with two yellow weather warnings in place for rain and wind.
But as of yet, there has been no talk that the game may be in doubt.
One League One game has already fallen victim to the weather, with Rochdale's clash with Tranmere postponed.
Wet and windy but the pitch is playable. KO is 3pm
All eyes on the officials
Today's referee is Kevin Johnson, game is going ahead here at the Kassam Stadium. Wind is due to be up around 52MPH come KO here with heavy rain too. All set up for a classic.
The Sunderland squad has arrived
Chris Maguire is here, he was out having a chat with Phil Parkinson
The Sunderland boss was also seen having one-to-one chats with Denver Hume and Tom Flanagan - safe to assume those two will be starting. Confirmed team news in 20.