Strong winds of up to 50mph and heavy rain forecast for Sunderland's trip to Oxford United as Storm Dennis hits the country

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson says the club will do “everything we possibly can” to make sure the game against Sunderland on Saturday goes ahead, as Storm Dennis hits the country.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 8:56 am

Sunderland, fresh from back-to-back wins over Ipswich Town and Rochdale at the Stadium of Light, are travelling down to Oxford today ahead of the League One fixture on Saturday afternoon.

A yellow weather warning is in place from 10am on Saturday as Storm Dennis takes hold across the country.

The forecast is for heavy rain and strong gusts of up to 50-miles-per-hour during the game at the Kassam Stadium.

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Oxford United's Kassam Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the game, Oxford boss Robinson said they are planning for the fixture to go ahead as planned.

Robinson said: “Is there another hurricane on the way? I’m sure it will be quite a lively one.

“You will have a lot of games called off at the weekend, it’s inevitable.

“Once you start getting gusts of 50mph football becomes unplayable, as well as the rain we believe is meant to drop on the Kassam on Saturday.

“We’re not looking at that as a reason not to play. We’re prepping to play.

“We’ll do everything we possibly can to get the game on.”

There is a 100% chance of rain prior to kick-off, with strong winds of up to 52MPH, the temperature is forecast to be around 12C.

Sunderland are fifth in League One following two successive wins, with the promotion battle hotting up in the third tier.