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Sunderland’s suggested XI to play Fleetwood

Phil Parkinson will be hoping the win last time out provides a platform to start a good run and therefore he may be tempted not to make any changes to his side, but that would be the wrong move.

It is important he keeps things fresh and the players on their toes, though that of course doesn’t mean wholesale changes.

For instance, he seems to have found a formula that works in attack, with Lyden Gooch and Chris Maguire scoring against Doncaster.

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They could provide the quality needed against an inconsistent Fleetwood side who sit just four points ahead of Sunderland.

That means there is a great chance for Parkinson’s men to start clawing their way back up the league, but if they are to extend their unbeaten run to four games they may need to drop Max Power, whose place in the side has long been under pressure. He would be one of two changes that we’re predicting.

Power has frequently failed to meet the standards expected from fans and he simply doesn’t offer enough in defence or attack. So far this term, he’s scored just once and made a solitary tackle per game, according to WhoScored.

In comparison to George Dobson against Doncaster he was a spare part, making zero tackles compared to his teammate’s five, and hardly displayed the quality to put his side on the front foot with just 76% pass accuracy.

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Grant Leadbitter showed more than that in his last match against Bolton, making two key passes and a pass accuracy of 78%, and therefore he should come in to replace the 26-year-old.

That’s not the only change that should take place, and if Tom Flanagan is fit enough to play after injury forced him off on Boxing Day, he deserves a place in the side.

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Joel Lynch faired reasonably well against Doncaster with two tackles and six aerial duels won but Flanagan made an even more impressive five tackles and five clearances against the Trotters despite playing a little more than 70 minutes, which shows how important he was to the clean sheet.

One player who could be key to another win is Chris Maguire, who put in a great display against Doncaster that has been seen all too rarely this term.

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