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Predicted Sunderland XI vs SWFC

Sunderland travel away to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday in League One tonight as they look to bounce back from a 5-1 defeat to Rotherham.

The Black Cats were swatted aside by Paul Warne’s side at the weekend as the Millers ran riot against Lee Johnson’s men.

Ross Stewart did manage to make it 1-1 in the first half, but Rotherham were able to score enough four goals to ensure an emphatic victory.

Will Sunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday?

Yes

Yes

No

No

How many changes will Johnson make to the side? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make five alterations to the team, with Frederik Alves, Bailey Wright, Lynden Gooch, Aiden O’Brien and Corry Evans coming in.

After such a disappointing afternoon, Johnson could bring in these five changes to bring some freshness to the team whilst getting rid of the negativity that could fester if the same XI played again.

Rotherham’s first four goals all came from crosses into the box, either via open play or set-pieces, and Johnson will surely be furious with the marking from his central defenders. Therefore, Alves and Wright could be called in, with Tom Flanagan and Callum Doyle both being axed from the XI for their part in the drubbing.

In central midfield, Evans could come in for Dan Neil. His vast experience may be needed to steady the ship after such a disruptive result, with the ex-Blackburn man having played over 300 games in the Championship and League One throughout his career. It will also give Neil, 19, the chance to have a rest ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup tie with Mansfield.

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Who is the player?

In the number 10 position, Embleton could lose his place in the team. Johnson should offer Lynden Gooch the chance to stake his claim for a regular starting spot in the XI, after Embleton lost five of his six duels and created zero chances against Rotherham.

Finally, Aiden McGeady will be unavailable after being shown two yellow cards on Saturday, which opens the door for Aiden O’Brien to return on the left wing. The Irishman did not get a single minute against Rotherham, but has five goals and two assists in all competitions this season and could offer a goal threat down the left-flank against Wednesday.

Stewart could keep his place in the number nine role after scoring at the weekend. He has now scored 10 goals in 14 League One games for the Black Cats and will be hoping to add to his tally against the Owls tonight.

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