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Sunderland is back in action tonight as they head to League Two fighter Oldham Athletic for the second round of the EFL Trophy.
Lee Johnson was named only on Saturday afternoon and was thrown straight into the mud, though his presence in the dugout failed to inspire the Black Cats to a victory when Wigan Atheltic ended a ten-game winless streak at the Stadium of Light.
Before tonight’s game, the 39-year-old reclaimed he would use the meeting as an opportunity to implement his ideas, so there may not be too many alterations in the starting XI.
There will be some changes to the personnel, however, as players like Anthony Patterson, the academy stopper, and Dion Sanderson, the Wolves loan, will get starts while Charlie. Week is in line to stand out.
Sunderland vs Oldham prediction
Black cats win
The 20-year-old goalkeeper replaces Lee Burge between the posts in the first substitution since Saturday’s loss.
Central defensive duo Bailey Wright and Tom Flanagan are ready to hold their spots, but Johnson will be forced to make another left-back trade after Denver Hume out. confirmed be out the rest of December.
We could see Callum McFadzean come in as the only alternative as Sanderson replaces Conor McLaughlin on the other flank.
In midfield, there could be some rare opportunities for players like George Dobson, taking the role of defensive midfielder from veteran Grant Leadbitter, as well as 19-year-old sensation Daniel Neill, who can start alongside Josh Scowen higher up the field.
Neill has started it all Three matches in the EFL Trophy so far, but not yet in League One this period.
Chris Maguire is another who maintains his place among the lineup but there are two more changes.
On the left wing we could see Jack Diamond enter while Aiden McGeady is not. adjustment enough to start back-to-back games in quick succession as the aforementioned Wyke replaces Will Grigg in attack.
Planned XI: Patterson; McFadzean, Wright, Flanagan, Sanderson; Dobson, Scowen, Neill; Diamond, Maguire, Wyke.
And in other news, Sunderland could prosper immensely under Kristjaan Speakman …