Sunderland make the mammoth journey down to the Cornish coast on Saturday to face a steadily improving Plymouth Argyle side. Jack Ross will be boosted by the return of first team players as the Black Cats look to make it five league wins in a row.
Max Power will be available to return to the matchday squad after completing his three game ban for his sending off last month. this will most likely mean Dylan McGeough dropping to the bench and Power sitting along side Lee Cattermole in front of the Sunderland defence. Josh Maja may make a comeback to the starting line up, Sunderland’s top scorer has started on the bench for the previous two games.
Aiden McGeady impressed as a second half substitute last time out but the form of George Honeyman, Lyndon Gooch and Chris Maguire means that he will have to wait a while longer for his second start of the campaign.
Sunderland likely line-up:
Matthews Baldwin Flanagan James
Maguire Honeyman Gooch
Goals have not been an issue during Sunderland’s four game winning run. They’ve notched up eight, conceding just the one, and the opposition on Saturday have already leaked 15 goals in their eight home matches so far this season. This could and should spell a comfortable victory for the away side, but Argyle’s back to back wins means that the Black Cats could be in for a tough afternoon. they themselves have found the net seven times on their last two outings and will no doubt relish the chance of facing one of the form teams in the division.
Forward Freddie Ladapo has scored an impressive eight goals this season and understandably he’ll be the one to watch for Jack Baldwin and company in the Sunderland backline. Considering his side have only scored 18 times as a unit, that’s an impressive stat. It’s also one which Argyle fans will be keen to continue in order for their sides climb up the table to continue.
Sunderland’s last visit to Home Park ended in a 2-0 victory almost 12 years ago, since then both sides have enjoyed their fair share of highs and lows. Saturdays match will be one which has potential for plenty of goals but not a great deal of good football, however I fancy Sunderland to make it five straight wins and send their masses of travelling fans back on the very long trip home happy.