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Predicted Sunderland XI, latest team & injury news vs Blackpool

Sunderland will fancy their chances tonight, as they host a wounded Blackpool side at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats come into this game full of confidence, having lost just once in their last five in the Championship. Meanwhile, the visitors have lost all of their last three league games.

Who would you start on the right today?

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

Amad Diallo

Amad Diallo

Should the home side snatch an expected victory, they could end the day in a playoff spot.

However, having played on Saturday we might expect Tony Mowbray to freshen things up slightly.

With that in mind, here’s the Sunderland XI we’re predicting to face Blackpool tonight…

We’re expecting Mowbray to maintain a formation similar to a 4-4-2, however with two changes from the side that ran out a 0-0 draw with Preston North End.

Anthony Patterson is unlikely to be displaced, as the youngster has kept three clean sheets in his last five matches.

We’re also predicting an unchanged back four, with Luke O’Nien to continue to partner the ever-present Danny Batth.

Dan Neil will look to hold down the midfield alongside Corry Evans, however, it is in the offensive positions where we expect some changes.

Jack Clarke is simply undroppable at the moment with three goals and four assists this term, however, with just two goals, Patrick Roberts could make way following a disappointing performance against the Lilywhites.

He was dragged off after 60 minutes by Mowbray, and we think this is a perfect opportunity for him to start Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo from the start.

The Ivorian has made four cameos from the bench now for the Wearside outfit, and given the lack of rest time between their last fixture, he could be one of the two changes to keep the Tangerines guessing.

Alex Pritchard will likely maintain his place alongside the striker, but we expect the “excellent” Elliot Embleton – as dubbed by Alex Neil – to be dropped in favour of the electric Jewison Bennette.

The 23-year-old has deputised well up front, but having yet to score this season and crucially not actually being a striker, Mowbray could instead rely on the pace and power of the young Costa Rican.

These two tweaks would be sure to terrify the opposition, as it adds a directness and speed sure to cause problems.

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