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Will Michael (or is it Mick?) Beale make any changes for his debut in the Stadium of Light’s home dugout this afternoon? Perhaps. He’s been on the training ground all week, and had the benefit of seeing some of the fringe players and those returning from injury get an outing on Monday night against Arsenal’s under 21s. While today’s game may come too soon for the likes of Pembele and Alese, one or two others may have forced their way into Beale’s thinking. Here’s what we think he might do this afternoon.
Goalkeeper: Anthony Patterson
Patterson will be in goal this afternoon, but his mistake on Saturday means he’ll be under a bit of scrutiny today.
Defenders: Trai Hume, Luke O’Nien, Dan Ballard, Niall Huggins
I suspect it’ll be the same again in defence today – Beale seems to favour a back four, and he’ll probably give the incumbents a chance to prove themselves. Seelt is the most likely to put pressure on O’Nien, but I don’t foresee any defensive changes today.
Midfield: Dan Neil, Jobe Bellingham
I can’t see Pritchard missing out today, and I think Beale will be keen to solve the striker issue straight away, which means it’s a straight fight out between Bellingham and Ekwah. I reckon Jobe will get the nod, alongside Dan Neil.
Attack: Patrick Roberts, Alex Pritchard, Jack Clarke
Allegedly Beale doesn’t play with wingers, but with Clarke and Roberts key players he’ll be forced to rethink. Pritchard is likely to keep his place in the team today, and I’ll be stunned if we see anything else than Roberts and Clarke either side of him.
Striker: Naz Rusyn
Beale will be keen to solve the striker issue, and I think Rusyn looked the sharpest on Monday and will be given a game today. He looked bright before his injury, and seems the best bet through the middle at present.