Sunderland face Blackpool this afternoon looking to bounce back from two straight defeats in League One – but what team will Lee Johnson name?
With six games to go, the Black Cats remain in the top three having failed to close the gap to the top two after back-to-back defeats.
But victory against Blackpool today could propel the side closer to the automatic promotion places
And ahead of the clash, Lee Johnson has some key decisions to make when it comes to team selection.
His options have been bolstered in recent weeks with the returns of Jordan Jones and Denver Hume, while the likes of Carl Winchester and Aiden O’Brien will also be pushing for starts as the side head to Bloomfield Road.
So what team would our writers pick? Here, Mark Donnelly names the side he would field against the Pool – with Two changes from the midweek defeat at Wigan:
1. GK: Lee Burge
While Sunderland's defence has shipped four goals in their last two games, it would be a surprise if Burge was sacrificed given he has put in some strong performances of late. Photo: FRANK REID 2020
2. RB: Max Power
With Conor McLaughlin ruled-out after undergoing a hernia operation, Power may be asked to deputise at right-back - having moved back into midfield in midweek. Photo: FRANK REID 2019
3. CB: Bailey Wright
Thrust back into action at Wigan on Tuesday evening, Wright looks set to to continue in the back four given Sunderland's defensive injury woes. Photo: FRANK REID 2019
4. CB: Luke O'Nien
O'Nien looks likely to continue in the heart of the defence given Tom Flanagan, Conor McLaughlin, Dion Sanderson and Jordan Willis are all ruled-out. Photo: FRANK REID 2019