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4-5-1 Sunderland Predicted Lineup To Face Sheffield Wednesday: Fletcher To Lead The Line

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
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The victory against Derby County at the weekend has now pushed Sunderland to the 23rd place in the Championship points table, as they finally move out of rock bottom. With seven games still left in the season, the Black Cats, who are just five points away from safety, will believe that they have what it takes to retain their status in the Championship but will first have to find a way to get a result against Sheffield Wednesday this week.

The Owls are fresh from a 4-1 victory over Preston and are unbeaten in their last three games. But playing at home, Chris Coleman’s side will believe that they can take more than just a point from this game. A win in this game will take them level on points with Barnsley in the 22nd position. Here is the predicted lineup Colman might field for this tie:

Team News:

In early team news, Robin Ruiter and Jonathan Williams are yet to return from injury while Browning and Watmore are ruled out for the season. Darren Gibson decided to quit and will no longer be a part of the squad at Stadium of Light. Jason Steele is back from a suspension while Joel Asoro is also expected to be available for selection. Jake Clarke-Salter will, however, serve the second game of his suspension.

Expected lineup (4-5-1):

Defence:

With Ruiter out injured, Jason Steele will take his place back in the first team, coming back after serving a suspension. John O’Shea scored the fourth against Derby and is crucial to Sunderland’s chances in this game. He will be partnered by Lamine Kone at the heart of the defence for the Black Cats.

Bryan Oviedo has been one of the most consistent players for the club this season and is irreplaceable at left back while Adam Matthews might keep his place at right back in this tie.

Midfield:

Lee Cattermole has not been consistent enough this season and needs to step up his game. He will start as the deepest of the midfielders for Sunderland. George Honeyman has also been a regular presence in the midfield and will start alongside Ovie Ejaria, both of who will play in advanced roles in the midfield, just ahead of Cattermole.

Joel Asoro, who is finally back in action, might start on the right flank while Aiden McGeady, who scored at the weekend, could keep his place on the left flank.

Attack:

Ashley Fletcher is slowly finding his feet and is expected to lead the line against the Owls.

Here is how they might line up:

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