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Sunderland predicted XI to take on Fleetwood

Sunderland return to the Stadium of Light tonight as they come off the back of successive away games in League One against Wigan and Charlton.

The Black Cats picked up four points from those matches as they beat the Latics in a superb 3-0 victory before drawing 0-0 with the Addicks over the weekend.

They now come up against Fleetwood at home as they go in search of their first win on their own turf since Alex Neil arrived at the club to replace Lee Johnson.

Will Sunderland beat Fleetwood?

Yes

Yes

No

No

How many changes will Neil make to the team from the draw with Charlton? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side from Saturday, with Jack Clarke, Elliot Embleton and Dan Neil all coming in.

Starting off in holding midfield, we are predicting that Corry Evans will be ruthlessly axed from the starting XI to make way for Neil. The veteran Northern Irishman has been in poor form of late and we published an article explaining why the £14k-per-week dud must be dropped to the bench in favour of the youngster.

After the draw with Charlton, manager Neil admitted that Alex Pritchard sustained a nasty-looking injury, telling the Sunderland Echo: “His injury at the moment doesn’t look good, so that is a concern.

“It just looked as if he rolled his ankle, we’ll have to get a scan on it. But I’ve known Alex for a long time, and I’ve worked with him before. I asked him how he was, and it doesn’t sound good.”

This could result in the 28-year-old missing out against Fleetwood, which could open the door for Embleton to slot into the number 10 position. The attacking midfielder, who was previously dubbed a “nightmare” to play against by Max Power, has produced four goals and five assists in League One and will need to step up to fill the void left by Pritchard.

Finally, Clarke could come in to replace Lynden Gooch after the American went off with an injury at the weekend. The on-loan Spurs winger has averaged 1.1 key passes per game despite coming off the bench in six of his eight League One appearances and tonight he could be given a chance to show what he can do from the start.

Patrick Roberts is another option in that role but he struggled badly after coming off the bench against Charlton. As per SofaScore, he lost four of his five duels, completed just 33% of his attempted passes and gave the ball away eight times from 12 touches. This is why Clarke should get the nod ahead of him out wide tonight.

AND in other news, Neil must ruthlessly axe “anonymous” £14k-p/w Sunderland dud who’s a “disappearing act”…

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