Luke O’Nien playing for Sunderland. Picture by Frank Reid

The Sunderland team to face Sheffield Wednesday - predicted XI

Sunderland are preparing to face Sheffield Wednesday in the first round of the Carabao Cup – but who will start for the Black Cats at Hillsborough?

Alex Neil is expected to make several changes to freshen up his starting XI and provide game time for other members of his squad.

Sunderland have started games with a back three and wing-backs for their opening two Championship fixtures, and may do so again to match the Owls up.

Neil will then prepare his side for Saturday’s league game against QPR at the Stadium of Light.

Here’s the Sunderland side we think could start at Hillsborough:

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