LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Benji Kimpioka returns for under-23 side as Cats draw with Newcastle United

It’s a new week for Sunderland AFC – and one which could have a big say on the trajectory of their season.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:02 pm

With a trip to promotion rivals Portsmouth on the horizon in League One and the Papa John’s Trophy final at Wembley just days away, it promises to be an exciting – albeit busy – week for the Black Cats.

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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (8 March)

Last updated: Monday, 08 March, 2021, 17:07

  • Sunderland travel to Portsmouth tomorrow looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
  • Lee Johnson could welcome some key players back for the clash.
  • Youngster Dion Sanderson has been linked with a host of clubs after his string of impressive performances.
  • Sunderland’s under-23 side drew 1-1 with Newcastle at the Academy of Light earlier today.

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Richardson leaves on loan

EFL confirm 2021/22 dates

The EFL have confirmed the 2021/22 season will start on Saturday, 7 August 2021 (with a live television game likely to be played on Friday, 6 August).

The EFL Play-Offs will once again be staged at Wembley Stadium and conclude the campaign across two weekends in May.

Here are the key dates:

- Start Date – Saturday 7 August 2021 (with a live television game likely on Friday 6 August)

- Carabao Cup Round One – w/c 9 August 2021

- Carabao Cup Final – Sunday 27 February 2022

- Papa John’s Trophy Round One – w/c 30 August 2021

- Papa John’s Trophy Final – Sunday 3 April 2022

- Regular Season Final Day

- League One – Weekend of 30 April 2022

- League Two & Championship – Weekend of 7/8 May 2022

- League One Play-Off Final – Saturday 21 May 2022

- League Two Play-Off Final – Saturday 28 May 2022

- Championship Play-Off Final – Sunday 29 May 2022

Full-time at the Academy of Light

Kimpioka and Matthews replaced at half-time

Half-time at the Academy of Light

Sunderland lead as Josh Hawkes opens the scoring.

Sunderland take trialist from Tottenham

Sunderland’s trialist today is Tottenham centre-back Aaron Skinner, aged 18.

Game under way at the Academy of Light

Kimpioka back for Sunderland

Matty Longstaff starting for Newcastle today

Sunderland Under-23s in action

Sunderland’s under-23 side are back in action today when they’ll host North East rivals Newcastle at the Academy of Light (1pm kick-off).

We’ll have live updates in today’s blog.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s big game!

Portsmouth v Sunderland: How to watch, stream details and team news ahead of League One clash

Sunderland AFC face another big test in League One on Tuesday evening – and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the visit to Portsmouth:

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