The story of the night as Sunderland scrape past Swindon Town to seal crucial victory
Sunderland face Swindon Town this evening – and we’ll be bringing you a live stream of updates from the League One clash.
After the dramatic weekend draw at Crewe Alexandra, the Black Cats will be looking to get back to winning ways as they return to the Stadium of Light to face a Swindon Town side battling relegation.
And ahead of the fixture, head coach Lee Johnson has some big decisions to make with Chris Maguire and Jordan Jones both pushing for starts after their impressive cameos at the weekend.
We’ll have the team news direct from the Sunderland camp in the build-up to kick-off, and will be keeping you up to date with the latest from the big game in our blog.
From in-depth updates to analysis, reaction to ratings, it’ll all be in our match day blog – which you can follow simply by scrolling down throughout the night:
FT: Sunderland AFC 1-0 Swindon Town (Wyke 70)
Last updated: Tuesday, 02 March, 2021, 18:43
- Sunderland welcome Swindon Town to the Stadium of Light this evening (7pm kick-off).
- The Black Cats are unbeaten in their last four league outings.
- Lee Johnson makes two changes.
- SAFC: Burge, Power, O’Nien, Sanderson, McFadzean, Scowen, Winchester, McGeady, Jones, Gooch, Wyke
And welcome to our live blog!
A new week has begun and it’s another busy one for Sunderland, who face two key fixtures over the course of the next seven days.
The Black Cats welcome Swindon Town tonight before hosting Rochdale on Saturday in what look to be two very winnable games - but it’s these fixtures that have proven tricky for the club in recent years!
Let’s hope that isn’t the case tonight, and we’ll be bringing you live updates from the fixture throughout the evening...
Here’s the state of play in League One ahead of today’s games...
With a win, Sunderland could climb up to fourth this evening - providing other results go their way.
And here’s the fixtures taking place in League One tonight:
- Gillingham v MK Dons (6pm)
- Wigan Athletic v Charlton Athletic (6pm)
- Accrington Stanley v Ipswich Town (7pm)
- Blackpool v Crewe Alexandra (7pm)
- Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers (7pm)
- Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth (7pm)
- Hull City v Rochdale (7pm)
- Lincoln City v Fleetwood Town (7pm)
- Northampton Town v Plymouth Argyle (7pm)
- Oxford United v Peterborough United (7pm)
- Shrewsbury Town v AFC Wimbledon (7pm)
Swindon Town have secured a new signing ahead of this evening’s game
Goalkeeper Connal Trueman has joined on a week-long emergency deal from Championship side Birmingham City.
The 24-year-old will wear the number one shirt and is expected to start at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening (7pm kick-off).
It’s not the first time Trueman will have played on Wearside this season as he started for AFC Wimbledon in a 1-1 draw against the Black Cats back in December. He made 22 appearances in total for The Dons during the first half of the 2020-21 campaign.
It’s the second time Swindon have had to dip into the emergency loan market since the end of the transfer window following a knee injury to their previous emergency goalkeeper Joe Wollacott.
Teenage stopper Archie Matthews was handed his debut for Swindon’s 2-1 win over Northampton Town before The Robins had the chance to bring in reinforcements.
Lee Johnson admits he is facing a ‘difficult’ team selection dilemma tonight
The Sunderland head coach has big calls to make on Jordan Jones and Chris Maguire after their impressive cameo appearances at the weekend - and says whoever he selects must be ‘really up for it’.
It’s a really difficult team selection because I’ve got to find certain attributes and a lift from zero if you like, that will give us the opportunity to go and win the game.
More importantly, the process to do the right things to win those margins that give us the opportunity to win the game.
I’m going to have to really make sure that any player I pick is really up for it.
It’s a game we can win if we’re full of endeavour and win those duels, and trust the process of the performance that we’ve seen on a number of occasions so far.
What are the odds for Sunderland v Swindon Town?
League title sponsors SkyBet have Sunderland as heavy favourites for today’s game.
The Black Cats can be backed to win at 4/9, while Swindon Town are outsiders at 11/2. The draw is 10/3.
Charlie Wyke - who hasn’t scored in his last two games - is favourite to open the scoring at 9/4.
The latest team news from Sunderland and Swindon
Here’s how both squads are shaping-up ahead of tonight’s game...
Lee Johnson will be without midfielder Grant Leadbitter after he was withdrawn with a dislocated shoulder at Crewe.
Tom Flanagan and Ross Stewart are also absent after enduring minor setbacks in their returns from injury, while Bailey Wright is likely to return next week.
Denver Hume, Arbenit Xhemajli and Jordan Willis are longer-term absentees.
Under-23 defender Oliver Younger could form part of the squad once again.
The Robins could be without midfielder Anthony Grant as he returns from concussion, while goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott will miss out through injury.
Jordan Lyden, Joel Grant and Tyler Smith are likely to be sidelined while Mathieu Baudry and Conor Masterson are long-term absentees.
Can I live stream Sunderland v Swindon Town?
Yes - tonight’s game is available to live stream on SAFC.com.
You can purchase a streaming pass for £10 from the club’s official website.
Our team are in place at the Stadium of Light!
Team news is on the way
The two sides have just swapped teamsheets pitchside, and we’ll see who’s starting tonight come 6pm.
Swindon’s squad have just been having a look at the Stadium of Light - and there were plenty of selfies and videos taken by the players!
BREAKING: THE TEAM NEWS IS IN!
And here’s how Sunderland line-up: Burge; Power, Sanderson, O’Nien, McFadzean; Scowen, Winchester; McGeady, Jones, Gooch; Wyke
And on the bench: Matthews, Maguire, O’Brien, Diamond, Neil, Vokins, Younger
That’s two changes from the side at Crewe then, as Jones and Winchester replace McLaughlin and O’Brien.
McLaughlin isn’t in the squad at all, with Ollie Younger and Dan Neil stepping up to the bench.
It looks like a 4-2-3-1 for the Black Cats, with Power moving to right-back.
And here’s how Swindon line-up...
Here’s the full team sheet...
Just the two changes for Sunderland, then.
Grant Leadbitter is here
And the midfielder, who was stood pitchside moments ago, is in a sling.
Take a look at the Stadium of Light...
Sunderland are warming-up ahead of tonight’s game - on what’s a bitterly cold evening on Wearside!
Not long to go now!
And Sunderand are going through the final stages of their warm-up.
The Black Cats are warming-up as a back four with Power at right-back, as expected.
Elsewhere, Jordan Jones is looking sharp in shooting practice - here’s hoping that bodes well!