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Sunderland’s predicted XI to face Swindon

Sunderland’s vibrant run of form came to an end last Saturday with a rather bizarre game against Crewe.

The Mackems were battered and bruised at Gresty Road, making life all too easy for their opponents. The defence was questionable but without Bailey Wright, Tom Flanagan and Jordan Willis, you can excuse that.

It was somewhat of a robbery that Lee Johnson’s men ended up leaving with any points at all. The manager threw on four players in the hope of rescuing things and fortunately, it paid dividends.

Jordan Jones and Chris Maguire both popped up with special strikes to save a point for the Black Cats. With that clash in mind, how will Johnson choose to line-up on Tuesday evening?

They face Swindon at the Stadium of Light in a game which on paper, they should comfortably win. The Robins have lost 18 of their 31 games in League One this term.

Here is the side that we think Johnson may select this evening.

From the draw with Crewe, it includes two changes, both of them being made in defensive positions.

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Callum McFadzean was poor again and lapse in possession during that clash so misses out this time. That means that Jones starts at left wing-back after his goal a few days ago.

The Rangers loanee said there was “no sign of me spitting my dummy out” following a lack of starts since his arrival but he simply has to feature from the off this time around.

The second and final change comes at centre-back where Flanagan comes in to dislodge Conor McLaughlin. Lee Johnson admitted in the middle of last week that he was a week away from returning; that makes him in contention for today’s clash with Swindon.

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Despite that, Luke O’Nien continues next to him and Dion Sanderson having put in some admirable displays in an unfavoured role lately.

Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke misfired last weekend but will surely get the chance to make amends on Tuesday.

AND in other news, Forget Vokins: Johnson must unleash “tricky” SAFC ace who’s a “joy to watch”…

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