Sunderland v Mansfield Town in the FA Cup: How can I watch it? Is there a live stream? Early team news

Sunderland welcome Mansfield Town to the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup first round on Saturday.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 3:31 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Detailed view of the FA Cup Trophy as it sits in the pitch surrounded by Arsenal players after the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England.

Phil Parkinson’s men are in good form, having lost just one of their opening 10 League One games, the Black Cats’ best start to a campaign since relegation to the third-tier three seasons ago.

Mansfield Town have endured a woeful start to their season, with the Stags sitting 22nd in League Two.

However, we all know form can go out of the window in a one-off cup tie – here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s clash:

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What time will Sunderland v Mansfield Town kick-off?

Sunderland welcome Mansfield Town to the Stadium of Light on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.

Is Sunderland v Mansfield Town on TV? Can I watch a live stream?

Unfortunately, Sunderland’s FA Cup first round clash won’t be available on terrestrial television, nor will the fixture feature on Sky Sports or BT Sports.

Fans, however, will be able to catch the clash on the streaming service iFollow for a £10 fee.

Match passes are now on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.

How can I follow Sunderland v Mansfield Town live?

Black Cats supporters will still be able to follow blow-by-blow coverage and analysis of the game in the Sunderland Echo’s live blog.

Who will be in the teams?

It is unclear exactly what sort of team Phil Parkinson will select in terms of strength – but Sunderland’s manager may be tempted to hand minutes to reserve goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

Will Grigg, Jack Diamond, Dan Neil and Elliot Embleton could also feature having struggled to find playing time in League One so far this season.

Midfielder Josh Scowen is a doubt for the game, having being forced off against Ipswich Town with a concussion, which could see the return of George Dobson.

Grant Leadbitter may find himself rested having featured heavily in Sunderland’s start to the season.

For the visitors, the main story revolves around a potential new man in the dugout – Sunderland-born ex-Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough.

Clough – son of former Black Cats striker Brian – could take charge of his first Mansfield game at the Stadium of Light this Saturday, with strong rumours linking him with a move to Field Mill.

Who is the referee for Sunderland v Mansfield Town?

The man in the middle on Saturday will be Anthony Backhouse, who will be assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Matthew Parry, while his fourth official will be Matthew Dicicco.

What are the betting odds for Sunderland v Mansfield Town?

Sunderland are priced at 4/11 and 1/3 to win with Bet365 and SkyBet respectively.

A draw ranges from 4/1 to 7/2, with Mansfield Town causing a shock upset at the Stadium of Light priced at 13/2.

What is the form?

Away from their league form this campaign, Sunderland exited the Carabao Cup on penalties to Hull City following a nil-nil draw, but won both of their EFL Trophy games 8-1 and 5-3 against Aston Villa U21s and Carlisle United respectively.

The visitors, however, haven’t won at all yet this season, drawing seven and losing four in the league.

Mansfield Town have also tasted defeat against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup and against Lincoln City and Manchester City U21s in the EFL Trophy.