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Sunderland predicted XI to face Charlton in League One

Sunderland manager Alex Neil will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since taking charge of the club as his side face off against Charlton today.

The Black Cats ended a run of six games without a win in League One last weekend as they beat Wigan 3-0 away from home – Neil’s first three points at the helm. Ross Stewart scored twice after an early goal from centre-back Bailey Wright set Sunderland on their way.

How many changes will the 40-year-old make to the team today? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side from last week, with Leon Dajaku, Jack Clarke and Dan Neil all coming in.

Starting off at the base of midfield, we are predicting that the latter will return to the team to replace veteran battler Corry Evans. The Northern Ireland international won one duel and had a passing success rate of just 47% in 90 minutes against Wigan, which highlights how poorly he performed in the middle of the park.

This is why the youngster should be brought back into the team instead. Neil’s energy and enthusiasm could be needed to maintain high levels throughout the match, as Evans showed against the Latics that he can struggle to make much of an impact.

On the left wing, Clarke could come in to replace Elliot Embleton. The on-loan Spurs forward could offer more of a direct threat down the flanks, and the Black Cats could use his pace on the counterattack to create opportunities going forward.

This is not a slight on Embleton or his performance against Wigan, but more so a chance for Clarke to get some minutes under his belt. His manager can duly see what he can do with 60-70 minutes to work with, whilst the ex-Blackpool loanee will be available as an impact substitute.

Finally, Lynden Gooch could be axed from the team after his poor showing last time out. As per SofaScore, he lost nine of his 13 individual duels, whilst failing to provide a single key pass and completing a measly 50% of his attempted passes.

This shows that he struggled badly on and off the ball as he was dominated physically and offered no quality in the final third. Therefore, Neil must axe the £5k-per-week dud and hand Dajaku an opportunity to start on the right.

AND in other news, Neil can save Speakman millions with “promising” Sunderland dynamo who’s “really bright”…

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