Sunderland head into their fixture with Blackpool on Tuesday evening looking to end a six-match winless run, with Lee Johnson undoubtedly hoping to all but secure a place in the League One play-offs with a victory for his side.
The Black Cats once again failed to secure a win against Accrington Stanley on Saturday and now face a tougher test on paper, with Blackpool fighting for a top six finish themselves.
However, a victory against Neil Critchley’s side on Tuesday would represent a huge step to securing a play-off place for Sunderland, so will Johnson make any changes from his starting XI last time out at the Stadium of Light?
Here’s our predicted XI, along with the latest team and injury news…
With Johnson having to deal with a significant number of injuries in his first team squad, the 39-year-old has some big decisions to make ahead of Tuesday evening’s CLASH. As a result, we’re expecting there to be two changes to the line-up from the game against Accrington Stanley three days ago.
The Sunderland manager will be without centre-back Dion Sanderson – who has been ruled out for the rest of the season – alongside fellow long-term absentees Jordan Willis and Arbenit Xhemajli, while Tom Flanagan and Conor McLaughlin have also been ruled out of contention for the match.
We expect there to be a change in the heart of the Sunderland defence, with 21-year-old Ollie Younger replacing Luke O’Nien. The 26-year-old has made a number of costly errors at centre-back in recent weeks, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of just 6.3 over his last four appearances in that role.
However, O’Nien does not drop out of the side altogether but instead replaces Carl Winchester in the middle of the park, with the 28-year-old moving to the bench.
The only other change sees 26-year-old Rangers loanee Jordan Jones come in alongside Charlie Wyke in the Sunderland attack, with Aiden O’Brien – who had a quiet game in the 3-3 draw with Accrington Stanley – making way.