Jack Ross has only made one change to the starting eleven that made six wins in a row at Plymouth Argyle last week.
That change is in the attacking area as on-loan Watford striker Jerome Sinclair is given the nod over top-scorer Josh Maja, with the former Liverpool youngster perhaps given the opportunity to showcase his talent and hopefully add to his goal tally this term.
Although a few more changes were expected, the Scottish boss has decided to go with an almost unchanged starting eleven, despite having the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Max Power and Glenn Loovens now fit and available. Many would have expected Power and Loovens to have slotted in for this game, which perhaps means we’re more likely to see them in the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Morecambe on Tuesday.
There’s places for the aforementioned Power, Oviedo and Loovens on the bench though as Ross shows just how seriously he’s taking this FA Cup tie.
Taking the change into account, this is how the Lads line up at Vale Park:
Sunderland: Jon McLaughlin, Adam Matthews, Tom Flanagan, Jack Baldwin, Reece James, George Honeyman, Dylan McGeouch, Chris Maguire, Lynden Gooch, Aiden McGeady and Jerome Sinclair.
Subs: Robbin Ruiter, Alim Ozturk, Max Power, Bryan Oviedo, Glenn Loovens, Josh Maja and Luke O’Nien.
Can we progress into round two and make it seven wins on the bounce, will we need a replay to decide the outcome or will Port Vale half our winning run? The possibilities are endless!
Ha’way the Lads!