The story of the day as Will Grigg and Dan Neil steal the show in Sunderland's late win over Harrogate Town

Sunderland take on Harrogate Town in their final pre-season friendly – and we’ll be bringing you the latest from the Stadium of Light.

Saturday, 29th August 2020, 6:43 pm

Having already beaten Gateshead and Carlisle United, the Black Cats will be looking to make it three from three when the North Yorkshire side come to town.

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And we’ll be bringing you live match updates, analysis, reaction and more from Sunderland’s last game before competitive football begins.

Simply scroll down throughout the afternoon for all the latest from the game:

Sunderland AFC v Harrogate Town LIVE: Match updates, stream details, reaction, analysis and more from the Stadium of Light friendly

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Last updated: Saturday, 29 August, 2020, 15:05

  • Sunderland welcome Harrogate Town in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.
  • The Black Cats have already beaten Gateshead and Carlisle United in the build-up to the 2020/21 campaign.
  • Phil Parkinson is set to rotate his side once again as he builds-up towards the game with Hull City on September 5.
  • Sunderland AFC XI: Burge, Wright, McLaughlin, Flanagan, O’Nien, Hume, Dobson, Power, O’Brien, Neil, Grigg

And welcome to our live blog!

I’m Mark Donnelly and - along with our chief football writer Phil Smith - we’ll be bringing you all the latest from the Stadium of Light throughout the day.

Match updates, reaction, analysis and much more, we’ll have you covered from the Black Cats’ final friendly of the summer. Just stick with us here for the latest.

Who’s in the teams today?

Sunderland have a clean bill of health for their final friendly of the summer.

The only doubt for the Black Cats was Elliot Embleton, who was withdrawn as a precaution during last weekend’s friendly with Gateshead and missed the win over Carlisle United.

But he’s expected to be in the squad this afternoon having shaken off his knock.

Youngster Dan Neil could once again be in the side after impressing in pre-season, while Jack Diamond is also expected to be involved once more.

Sunderland v Harrogate Town

Former Harrogate loanee Jack Diamond looks ahead to today’s game...

It will be nice to see them, but we obviously want to go out there and get the win first and foremost.   My time there was a huge learning curve and it gave me my first opportunity of playing men’s football.  I can’t thank the lads and the coaching staff enough for helping me and giving me that opportunity.

Jack Diamond

Could we see any trialists involved today?

We aren’t expecting to see any trialists involved for Sunderland today - after Abernit Xhemajli returned to Switzerland.

Demetri Mitchell, who trained with the Black Cats earlier this summer, is now on trial at Blackpool.

Abernit Xhemajli is not expected to feature for Sunderland today

Here’s how you can live stream today’s game...

Here’s an update from

Supporters can now purchase streaming passes for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Harrogate Town (KO 3pm).

Phil Parkinson's side will entertain the EFL newcomers at the Stadium of Light, as they look to build on victories over Gateshead and Carlisle United.

Streaming passes are priced at £5, with BBC Radio Newcastle’s Nick Barnes taking you through all the action as it happens.

To purchase a streaming pass, visit

The former Black Cat will be returning to the Stadium of Light tomorrow

The Sunderland players are arriving...

Arbenit Xhemajli set to sign for Sunderland - reports

An exciting update for Sunderland fans!

Reports have suggested that Kosovan defender Arbenit Xhemajli - who spent time on trial with the Black Cats earlier this month - is set to sign a permanent deal with the club.

Roker Report claim that the centre back arrived back in the UK yesterday evening and has now headed back to Wearside as he prepares to commit his future to the club.

Happy with that?

Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland squad to play Harrogate Town

And here’s how Sunderland line-up against Harrogate Town: Burge, Wright, Willis, Flanagan, O’Nien, Hume, Scowen, Power, Maguire, Gooch, Wyke

On the bench for the Black Cats are: Matthews, McLaughlin, Feeney, Leadbitter, Dobson, Diamond, Grigg, O’Brien, Taylor, Neil

No real surprises in terms of shape, with Sunderland once again using the 3-4-3 that has (for the most part) served them well under Phil Parkinson.

Lee Burge is back between the sticks while Charlie Wyke leads the line - supported by Chris Maguire and Lynden Gooch.

Our writers offer their verdict on the team news...

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