Alex Pritchard playing for Sunderland. Picture by Frank Reid

The Sunderland starting XI that could face Coventry City in Championship opener: Predicted line-up

Sunderland face Coventry City in their opening game of the Championship campaign – but who will start for the Black Cats?

Alex Neil’s side went on a 16-match unbeaten run at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, which concluded with the club winning promotion from League One at Wembley.

Neil has managed his squad’s game time during pre-season by rotating his side for friendly fixtures.

The Black Cats boss has often set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but has also used a back three in some matches.

Here’s the Sunderland side we think could start against Coventry at the Stadium of Light.

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