The story of the day as Sunderland's unbeaten run continues - as Wyke and Maguire net at Swindon

It’s back to league action for Sunderland today as they head to Swindon Town – and we’ll be bringing you live coverage from The County Ground.

After a week off due to international call-ups, the Black Cats are on the road again as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

And we’ll have team news, match updates, in-depth analysis, reaction and behind the scenes insight throughout the day.

So sit back, scroll down and follow the live updates in our blog:

Swindon Town v Sunderland: Match updates, team news, live stream details plus reaction and analysis

RECAP: Swindon Town 0-2 Sunderland AFC (Wyke 37, Maguire 58)

Last updated: Saturday, 17 October, 2020, 14:41

Key Events

  • Sunderland head to Swindon Town this afternoon looking to continue their unbeaten start to the League One season
  • Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly are at the County Ground
  • Sunderland AFC XI: Burge; McLaughlin, O’Nien, Wright, Willis (Diamond 19), Gooch; Power, Leadbitter, Scowen; Maguire (O’Brien 89), Wyke
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And welcome to our live blog from the County Ground, as Sunderland travel to face Swindon Town.

It’s been a promising start to the season for the Black Cats, but can they build on that today?

Stick with us as we bring you live updates, analysis and reaction from today’s big game…

Here’s how the top half of League One looks at present

The latest League One table

Here’s what Phil Parkinson had to say about Swindon Town ahead of the game

I saw them last weekend and they were perhaps unlucky not to get something from the game. They're a good football team, they take risks at the back and they'll look to play out from the back. At times they can play through teams - which they certainly did in the second half against Wimbledon - but at other times they can be exposed as well. We've got to look at both sides of the games and look at how we can hurt them in terms of attacking for us, and defensively what we need to do to make sure we maintain our solid start to the season.

Phil Parkinson

Today’s fixtures elsewhere

Some interesting games in the third tier today - here’s the full fixture list:

MK Dons v Gillingham (1pm)

Wimbledon v Shrewsbury

Bristol Rovers v Burton

Charlton v Wigan

Crewe v Blackpool

Fleetwood v Lincoln

Ipswich v Accrington

Peterborough v Oxford

Plymouth v Northampton

Portsmouth v Doncaster 

Rochdale v Hull

Early team news from both teams

SUNDERLAND

Phil Parkinson will have to shuffle his pack today due to injuries and suspension.

Tom Flanagan will miss out after being sent-off against Charlton while his natural replacement, Arbenit Xhemajli, has picked up a season-ending injury.

Denver Hume is also a doubt after jarring his knee in the week.

SWINDON TOWN

Striker Brett Pitman is sidelined for a month leaving the Robins with a limited number of options up front.

The Robins are also still without Jordan Lyden, and Paul Caddis, with Ellis Iandolo and Dion Conroy also set to miss out.

Can Dion Sanderson play today?

The defender joined Sunderland on loan yesterday - but can’t feature today.

Having signed after the Noon cut-off point, Sanderson wasn’t registered in time for this weekend’s fixtures - but could play against Crewe on Tuesday night.

Our team are in place at the County Ground

The Sunderland squad are here

Most of the usual suspects have travelled - while youngsters Dan Neil, Jack Diamond and another under-23 player (possibly Cieran Dunne or Oliver Younger - it’s hard to tell with masks on!) are also here.

Will Grigg is back in the squad after a shin injury ruled him out against Carlisle, but there’s no sign of Denver Hume.

A team selection hint?

As he wanders the pitch, Phil Parkinson collars two players for pre-match chats - Grant Leadbitter and Max Power.

Could they both be set for a start?

And here’s how Sunderland line-up today: Burge; McLaughlin, O’Nien, Wright, Willis, Gooch; Power, Leadbitter, Scowen; Maguire, Wyke

And on the bench: Matthews, Dobson, Younger, Grigg, Graham, O’Brien, Diamond

As expected, it’s something of a makeshift backline for the Black Cats - we expect Luke O’Nien to play centrally with Conor McLaughlin on the right and Lynden Gooch on the left.

Up top, Charlie Wyke is preferred to Danny Graham.

Meanwhile on the bench, there’s a first appearance in the first-team squad for centre back Oliver Younger.

Thoughts on that, Sunderland fans?

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