The story of the day as Sunderland extend their unbeaten run with win at Bristol Rovers

Sunderland travel to Bristol Rovers this afternoon looking to continue the fine run of form that has brought them back into promotion contention.

An 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions has seen the Black Cats move within touching distance of the top two, and they could climb into the automatic promotion places today should Peterborough United slip-up.

Lee Johnson will have to decide whether to stick or twist against a Bristol Rovers side who are now managed by Joey Barton – who is unbeaten in all six of his games against Sunderland as a manager.

The Black Cats face a busy Easter schedule with some key games, so will be hopeful of a win in the South West to kick-start a positive fortnight.

Bristol Rovers v Sunderland AFC: Live stream, match updates, latest score, team news, manager reaction and odds

Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly are at the Memorial Stadium and will be bringing you in-depth coverage of the game – from team news to match updates and manager reaction.

FT: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Sunderland AFC (O’Brien 39)

Last updated: Saturday, 27 March, 2021, 15:45

Key Events

  • Sunderland travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers this afternoon (3pm kick-off)
  • The Black Cats will be looking to continue their 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions
  • Lee Johnson could rotate his side ahead of some key fixtures over the Easter weekend
  • Full team news is expected at 2pm
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Sunderland are here!

The squad have arrived at the Memorial Stadiumn.

It’s pretty much the squad you would expect, plus Aiden O’Brien is here as he steps-up his injury return.

No sign of Jordan Jones, who Lee Johnson said was 70-30 against to be involved.

BREAKING: THE TEAM NEWS IS IN!

And here’s how Sunderland line-up today: Burge; Power, O’Nien, Sanderson, McFadzean; Gooch, Winchester, Scowen, McGeady; Wyke, O’Brien

And on the bench: Matthews, Maguire, Diamond, Leadbitter, Neil, Stewart, Younger

That’s two changes from the Lincoln draw as O’Brien and Scowen come in for McLaughlin and Leadbitter.

It’s likely to be a 4-4-2 for Sunderland, with O’Brien up top alongside Wyke.

Here’s how the hosts line-up...

And they’ve received a boost as goalkeeper Annsi Jaakkola returns.

Sunderland are out to warm-up.

And the sun is beaming down here in the South West - it’s a lovely day!

Interestingly, Josh Hawkes is here with the Sunderland squad. He’s travelled as the extra man in case of late injury.

There’s a lot of scouts here today!

Including former Sunderland striker Mick Harford, who is working with Luton Town at the moment.

He’s watched a number of the club’s games in recent years.

And we’ve just had Pavarotti belting out Nessun Dorma belted out over the tannoy. No idea why, like. But here we are.

Anyway, onto the important stuff.

Sunderland are warming-up as a back four as expected with Power back at right back.

Kick-off is just 15 minutes away!

Sunderland are back down the tunnel!

Don’t forget, you can follow the game in full right here - with insight from our team of writers at the ground.

Sunderland are out the tunnel and kick-off is just moments away!

Stick with us for live updates from the Memorial Stadium...

1 - Aaaaaand we’re off!

Carl Winchester gets the ball rolling here at the Memorial Stadium.

As we kick-off, Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven arrive and take their seats. The duo, who still retain minority shares, will be watching on today.

3 - The Black Cats have started on the front foot

As expected, it’s a 4-4-2 for the Black Cats as O’Brien plays alongside Wyke (albeit slightly deeper).

And it’s the visitors who have seen all of the ball early on. Lee Johnson’s side are taking the game to their hosts, but there’s been no chances as of yet.

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