Sunderland will be looking to match a winning run which was last seen in over 20 years ago when they meet Wycombe Wanderers for the first time in the sides history. With only one fresh injury doubt, Jack Ross will have a healthy selection for Saturdays match.
Two cup games last week gave Ross the opportunity to allow some of his academy players to stretch their legs and get some valuable minutes in the first team. It seems unlikely that any of the academy players will be given the nod to start at the Stadium of Light but a place on the bench may not be beyond the realms of possibility.
Max Power made his return in the 2-1 win at Port Vale on Sunday and he could be brought back into the side. Ross’ preferred line-up with three in midfield behind a lone centre forward has worked thus far and this four will surely be made up by Honeyman, Maguire, Gooch and Maja. This quartet have 21 goals and 15 assists between them; making it easy to see why it’s important for the Black cats to have them all on the pitch at the same time.
After a shaky start, Sunderland’s defensive line have become impregnable. Ross’ side haven’t conceded a league goal in almost 400 minutes of football and this is predominantly down to the form of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and the back four in front of him. Sunderland received a major boost in the week when it was confirmed Tom Flanagan was released from international duty in time to be in contention for this weekend’s match.
Sunderland likely line-up:
Matthews Baldwin Flanagan James
Maguire Honeyman Gooch
The opposition on Saturday started the campaign sluggishly but in recent weeks they have been on the rise. Four wins in the last six outings, including a 1-0 victory against Peterborough United, has made the Chairboy’s appear as a more troublesome opposition. Target man Adebayo Akinfenwa has been terrorizing football league defences for years and Jack Baldwin and Tom Flanagan will have their hands full. They will also have an emergency loan goalkeeper between the sticks, watch this space for Matt Ingram having the game of his life at the Stadium of Light.
No-one seems to be able to stop Sunderland at the moment as they are really starting to come together. Despite their rise in form, I feel that Wycombe will not be the side to bring the Black Cats winning run to an end.
Prediction: Sunderland AFC 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers