The dramatic story of the day as Sunderland salvage a point at Crewe after two wonder goals from Jordan Jones and Chris Maguire
Sunderland are on the road again this afternoon as they head to Crewe Alexandra – and we’ll be bringing you a live stream of updates.
After making it three wins on the bounce in League One with a midweek triumph over Fleetwood Town, Lee Johnson’s side will be looking to continue their fine form of late.
The run of results has coincided with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus sealing a takeover of the club, and the 23-year-old may well be in attendance as the Black Cats head to Gresty Road to face a Crewe side who have already sprung a few shocks this season.
And our team will be bringing you a live stream of updates from the clash – with match updates, team news, analysis, reaction and more throughout the day.
So sit back and scroll down as Mark Donnelly and Phil Smith bring you coverage of the big game in our detailed live blog:
FT: Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Sunderland AFC (Porter 30, Lowery 38; Jones 76, Maguire 90+7)
Last updated: Saturday, 27 February, 2021, 14:02
- Sunderland head to Crewe Alexandra this afternoon looking to make it four wins on the bounce in League One.
- Lee Johnson will have to decide whether to change the side who won against Fleetwood Town in midweek.
- Josh Scowen could return for the Black Cats.
- Johnson could stick with a back three for the third straight game.
- Sunderland: Burge; McLaughlin, Sanderson, O'Nien; Gooch, Scowen, Power, McFadzean; McGeady, O'Brien, Wyke
And welcome to our live blog!
It feels like we’ve barely had time to pause for breath since Sunderland’s last game, but we’re on the road again as the fixtures keep on coming thick and fast!
Today’s destination is Gresty Road to face a Crewe side who have caught the eye since being promoted to the third tier last summer.
It’s sure to be a stern test for Lee Johnson’s side but, with the positivity surrounding the Stadium of Light at the moment, confidence in the camp is high.
Our team of Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly will be bringing you the latest from the Alexandra Stadium throughout the day - so make sure you stick with us!
Anyway, let’s crack on...
Here’s the state of play in League One ahead of kick-off
Sunderland’s recent results have propelled them right back into the promotion picture, and they could climb as high as third today if things go their way.
Here’s the rest of the fixtures taking place in League One today:
- AFC Wimbledon v Hull City
- Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
- Charlton Athletic v Blackpool
- Fleetwood Town v Accrington Stanley
- Ipswich Town v Doncaster Rovers
- MK Dons v Oxford United
- Peterborough United v Wigan Athletic
- Plymouth Argyle v Lincoln City
- Portsmouth v Gillingham
- Rochdale v Burton Albion
- Swindon Town v Northampton Town
All today’s fixtures are 3pm kick-offs.
A complimentary verdict from the Crewe camp
Today’s opposition boss has been full of praise for Sunderland - after the Black Cats won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to a Luke Offord own goal.
David Artell, Crewe manager
Sunderland are one of the best sides we have faced this season, if not the best,” said Artell.
They won 1-0 and the scoreline flattered us because they had a lot of the ball and create good chances.
We held our hands up on the night and knew that we had been beaten by the better side but I think we have improved since then. We know what to expect in this league a bit more now.
What are the odds for Crewe Alexandra v Sunderland?
League One title sponsors SkyBet have Sunderland as favourites to win at Gresty Road this afternoon.
The Black Cats can be backed at 11/10 to claim the three points, while Crewe are outsiders at 23/10. The draw is also 23/10.
There are no surprises in who the bookies are backing to open the scoring - the in-form Charlie Wyke is 3/1 to net first, while ex-Sunderland youngster Mikael Mandron is the favourite in the Crewe ranks at 11/2.
Could Ross Stewart make his Sunderland debut today?
The striker, who signed from Ross County in the winter transfer window for a six-figure sum, is yet to make his debut.
And he’s unlikely to feature today having only got back on the grass on Wednesday.
Lee Johnson is in no hurry to rush him back to fitness, though, given the form of the club’s other strikers.
Where are Sunderland’s loanees playing today?
All three of Sunderland’s senior players out on loan could play today:
- WILL GRIGG - The striker has two goals in two games for MK Dons, and is expected to start again as the Dons host Oxford United.
- ELLIOT EMBLETON - The youngster registered an assist in his last outing and will be hoping for more gametime as Blackpool travel to Charlton.
- GEORGE DOBSON - A tricky one for Dobson and AFC Wimbledon this afternoon, as they welcome title favourites Peterborough United to Plough Lane.
The latest team news from Sunderland and Crewe Alexandra...
Here’s how both squads are shaping-up ahead of today’s game:
Lee Johnson could be boosted by the return of midfielder Josh Scowen, who sat out the win over Fleetwood in midweek with a hamstring niggle.
Otherwise, Johnson is likely to call upon the same group of players who were available against the Cod Army.
Tom Flanagan, Ross Stewart and Benji Kimpioka are all moving towards returns but this game will likely come too soon.
Bailey Wright remains a fortnight away from action while Denver Hume, Jordan Willis and Arbenit Xhemajli are longer-term absentees.
Crewe have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Sunderland.
David Artell could call upon centre back Donervon Daniels who played 90 minutes in midweek after a spell out with injury.
Can I live stream Crewe Alexandra v Sunderland?
Yes, today’s game between Crewe and Sunderland will be available to live stream.
You can watch the game on SAFC.com, with streaming passes available on the club website priced at £10.
Outstanding response from Sunderland supporters
Mandron’s takeover verdict
Former Sunderland youngster Mikael Mandron hopes the club’s takeover will bring ‘stability’.
Mandron is set to lead the line for Crewe today
Sunderland have been taken over and they have a new manager (Lee Johnson). Hopefully that will give the club some real stability now. It has been an issue for a number of years now and when I was there as a player they seemed to change manager every six months. It made things difficult.
Hopefully, it will be a long term project for them and those there now can bring that vision because it is a massive football club.