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SEVEN CHANGES! Is this the Sunderland starting XI that will face off with Burnley this evening?

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Sunderland take on Premier League side Burnley tonight in the League Cup - and whilst it’s sure to be a tough game, we’re anticipating that Jack Ross will make SEVEN changes to the side that beat Wimbledon on Saturday.

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GK: Lee Burge

The summer signing made his debut in the League Cup win over Accrington Stanley and we’d expect he’ll be given a further chance to impress this evening as we attempt to cause a shock at Turf Moor.

Burge has a good pre-season and looks more than an able deputy. There was nothing he could do about the goal he conceded in round one and will want to show his capabilities once more and will be looking to keep a clean sheet - something Jon McLaughlin has yet to do this season.

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DR: C. McLaughlin DC: Flanagan DC: Ozturk DL: Hume

We expect Ross will keep faith with a back four, although he will look to rest a portion of the regular starters.

Alim Ozturk should still be fairly fresh after barely featuring in the opening two games of the season and will likely be partnered by the out of sorts Tom Flanagan, who hasn’t appeared in the starting eleven since our away draw at Ipswich Town and will need minutes in his legs, whilst Jordan Willis deserves to put his feet up after not missing a minute of our season so far.

At right back we expect Conor McLaughlin to return to the fold, albeit this time playing in his natural position. The Northern Ireland international has been less than impressive since joining but, having played mainly out of position, he will be relishing the chance to show Jack Ross what he’s about in his favoured right back role.

At left back Denver Hume will be given a further opportunity to impress after performing well in the win over AFC Wimbledon.

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CM: Dobson CM: McGeouch

We’re likely to see both George Dobson and Dylan McGeouch come into the midfield tonight for various reasons.

Firstly, Max Power and Grant Leadbitter have played an awful lot of football in the past couple of weeks and, with the League Cup not being priority this term, should be afford the night off to rest up for an important game at Peterborough United this coming Saturday. Secondly, Burnley’s midfield are full of technical, hard working players and we will require bags of energy to match.

In Dobson, we have a tireless, hard working box to box midfielder whereas McGeouch will help with our ball retention and make sure when we do get our foot on the ball, we use it efficiently.

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RW: Gooch CAM: Embleton LW: Maguire

The temptation to rest Chris Maguire will be resting on Jack Ross’ mind, but after scoring a hat trick at the weekend The King will be full of confidence and desperate to show he can perform against the Premier League side, so Ross may just be tempted to start with him on the left.

Elliot Embleton should return to the starting eleven for the first time since our League One opener against Oxford United. With a big squad needed for a rigourous League One promotion push, the local lad will need the experience and minutes from this kind of game to aid his ability to step up when needed later in the campaign.

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ST: Will Grigg

Charlie Wyke has been tremendous in these last few weeks and will be champing at the bit to battle with Premier League stalwarts Ben Mee and James Tarkowski and really show his talent, but we expect he’ll be given the night off.

With Marc McNulty still out due to injury, that leaves the out-of-form Will Grigg to lead the line. Whilst the thought of Grigg leading our front line against the likes of Burnley may be a scary thought for some, it’s worth noting that despite that horrific miss on Saturday he actually played pretty well when he was introduced against The Dons and further more against Rochdale last week.

Could he maybe catch fire when we least expect it?

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