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Sunderland predicted XI vs Wigan in League One

Sunderland return to action today as they travel away from the Stadium of Light to face Wigan at the DW Stadium in League One.

The Latics are currently second in the table and chasing top-of-the-league Rotherham, whilst the Black Cats have fallen to sixth.

Alex Neil is still looking for his first win in charge of the club after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burton Albion last time out in the league.

Will Sunderland beat Wigan?

Yes

Yes

No

No

How many changes will he make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…

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

Starting off in the midfield, Neil could come back into the XI in place of Jay Matete to partner Corry Evans in the middle of the park. The Stadium of Light academy product was on the bench earlier this week but has started 30 times in League One and could be recalled to the side after being rested.

Sunderland could opt to change their shape back to a 4-2-3-1 instead of the 4-4-2 they went with last week, with Embleton coming in to start in the number 10 role. This would leave Jermain Defoe being dropped to the bench after his dismal showing against Burton.

His disappointing performance should result in him being named as a substitute, with Neil having him as an option to impact the game late on. Embleton can then come in and look to dictate the game and create chances in the hole behind the striker, whilst linking up with the other midfielders in the side.

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Finally, we are predicting that Clarke will come in for Lynden Gooch to play out wide. The latter has one goal and zero assists in his last 12 outings for the club and it could be time for the on-loan winger from Spurs to show what he can do from the start.

Clarke provided two key passes and was successful with both of his attempted dribbles in just 20 minutes off the bench against Burton, showing that he can be a threat in the final third at this level. Therefore, Neil must axe the £5k-per-week American dud and offer the Englishman an opportunity in the XI.

We are predicting that the rest of the players will keep their spots, with Anthony Patterson, Carl Winchester, Bailey Wright, Callum Doyle, Dennis Cirkin, Evans, Alex Pritchard and Ross Stewart also starting.

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