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Predicted 4-4-2 Sunderland XI Vs Leeds United: Who Will Prevail In This Clash Of The Heavyweights?

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Sunderland will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in their next match when they take on a resilient Leeds United side in their own backyard. The Black Cats have started their campaign this season in brilliant fashion, after being relegated from the top flight at the end of the last term, making it one win and two draws out of the three matches they have played in the Championship so far and will be eyeing another win in their next match against the Elland Road club.

The Wearside club signed Lewis Grabban in the summer on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth, and he has already scored three goals for them. The Jamaican striker has been one of the top strikers so far in the Championship and will like to continue with his ominous form throughout the season.

Simon Grayson, the current Sunderland gaffer, has been using the 29-year old along with another new recruit in the form of James Vaughan and the pair has proved his decision to use them simultaneously right till now. However, it will have to be seen whether they can keep their good form intact against one of the top teams in the Championship and make it another win for their side.

Defence-

Grayson will look to keep his team unchanged from the two previous games and is supposed to opt for a four man defence with Lamine Kone and Tyias Browning at the heart of it and Billy Jones and Brendan Galloway playing on the right and left-hand sides respectively. The defence has looked good so far for the Black Cats and they will hope that the defenders continue to keep the opposition at bay.

Midfield-

Sunderland’s midfield, consisting of Lee Cattermole, Aiden McGeady, Didier Ndong and George Honeyman has also performed well in the last three matches and Grayson will expect the same kind of performance from them in their next match against Leeds United as well. George Honeyman and Aiden McGeady have both scored one goal each in the Championship so far to keep their team in the advantage.

Attack-

Sunderland have been efficient enough to score in the last three matches and the two strikers will be on their toes to make it a win in their next match against the Whites. However, it will not be easy to get the Elland Road club to bow in front of them without a fight.

Line-up-

Jason Steele, Billy Jones, Lamine Kone, Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway, Aiden McGeady, Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong, George Honeyman, James Vaughan, Lewis Grabban.

 

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